LEEDS UNITED have turned down two overseas bids for centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci within the first week of the January transfer window.
Bellusci has been linked with a move back to his native Italy with Serie A side Hellas Verona linked with his signature amid talk that United wanted a £5m fee for his services.
But while head coach Steve Evans was keen to distance himself from Bellusci’s accurate valuation, the Glaswegian did reveal that Leeds had turned down two bids for the 26-year-old who he says remains a “big part” of his plans.
“I don’t get involved in the values but I know the football club did turn down two offers from overseas for Peppe,” revealed Evans.
“From that perspective, either the value has not been reached or he’s a part of the plans.
“He’s certainly a big part of my plans from a football perspective.
“I have just put names on a sheet of paper and said to the president ‘I want these people to be here on the 1st of February’ and Peppe was on that sheet.
“Whether that’s had any influence, I don’t really go into that level of detail because there is one man here who will decide if an offer is accepted or not and it’s not me.
“I have an input, the same as my staff have an input to team selection, but there’s one man that picks it.”