Monday, 30 July 2012

Beckford expected to depart Leicester

On the move: Jermaine Beckford in training
Leicester City striker Jermaine Beckford is expected to leave the club before the end of August, with sources close to the Foxes' camp indicating that the player has now been told that he is free to find another club.

With Beckford's career at the King Power Stadium making a faltering start - despite claiming the golden boot in last season's FA Cup he failed to excel in the league - there have been many vocal critics of the 28-year-old forward and it seems that Nigel Pearson may have lost patience with Sven Goran Eriksson's £4 million signing.

As reported here at the start of the close-season, Leeds United are most likely to capture their former front man, who scored on 72 occasions for the Elland Road side. Beckford accrued just nine league goals for Leicester in his 39 appearances and, despite a hat-trick in the FA Cup against rivals Nottingham Forest, has failed to find favour with the famously fickle Foxes' fans.

With Jamie Vardy and Marko Futacs both joining City this summer, adding to a bloated forward roster including David Nugent, Martyn Waghorn and Jeffrey Schlupp, it seems that Beckford's first team opportunities may be limited at Leicester in the short term anyway and a move by Pearson to offload a forward in order to strengthen other areas of the squad would not be beyond belief.
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