Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Leeds expected to make early Beckford bid

Record: Beckford scored 72 time at Leeds
Leeds United are widely anticipated to make an early bid to take Jermaine Beckford back to Elland Road.

The Leicester City striker, signed on transfer deadline day last summer by Sven Goran Eriksson, has failed to impress many during his first season in the East Midlands and was outscored by fellow summer arrival David Nugent in all competitions.

Beckford began his professional career with Leeds having impressed at Wealdstone in his youth. His goals saw United promoted back into the Championship, scoring 72 times in just 126 appearances. His form at Elland Road attracted David Moyes' Everton and he moved to Goodison Park but failed to ignite a Premier League career and was snapped up for £2 million by Eriksson last summer having scored on eight occasions for the Toffees.

With just nine goals to his tally in 39 appearances this season for the Foxes, Beckford has not found favour with City's supporters despite a hat-trick against rivals Nottingham Forest in January. Leicester are thought to be open to offers for the 28-year-old, with Leeds believed to be favourites to capture the player.
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