Boro confirm Arnaud interest

But they deny they are keen on Becchio

Loris Arnaud: Training with Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough have confirmed that they have taken Paris St Germain striker Loris Arnaud on trial.

However, Boro boss Tony Mowbray has dismissed recent reports linking the club with a move for Leeds striker Luciano Becchio.

Skysports.com revealed earlier this week that Boro were looking at Arnaud, and now Mowbray has admitted he is checking on the 24-year-old.

Mowbray says PSG are aware of Boro's tight financial situation, but a deal could still be done if everyone agrees to a move.

"When we deal with a club like PSG we try to let them know our situation and it's still been allowed to happen," said Mowbray.

"It's not been a heavy training week but I can see his talent. I haven't been able to see whether he can apply that talent in a game situation.

"He's a forward-thinking player and he's got all the tools, he's strong and mobile and technical.

"But he's here for us to have a look at him and his personality. Sometimes when players come from overseas the tempo of games and even of training can be too much for some players who come from a totally different culture.

"It's gone no further than that, he's over here for a few days and no decisions need to be made yet."

Becchio

Mowbray, though, was quick to deny that the club had any interest in Leeds man Becchio.

Leeds chairman Ken Bates insisted the player was not for sale when Boro were linked earlier this week, but Mowbray says there was no truth in the stories anyway.

"I haven't seen Mr Bates' remarks but what I would say is I don't think anyone from our football club has mentioned any players from Leeds," he said.

"All I can say from our point of view is it's nothing to do with our club, we haven't made any approaches or any comments.

"We get on with the job and if other people want to react to gossip and rumour, then so be it."