David Moyes set to beat Newcastle United to the punch over the signing of impressive League One striker.
Beckford ‘agrees’ Everton deal
Grayson says pre-contract agreements are not binding
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson says bigger teams than Everton may yet move for Jermaine Beckford amid reports the striker has agreed a pre-contract with the Premier League club.
Beckford, whose current Leeds contract expires in the summer, recently withdrew a request to leave Elland Road before the close of the transfer window.
He had been a target for Newcastle United,with the Championship leaders reportedly having several bids for the forward turned down by Leeds.
However, reports now suggest that Beckford has already signed a pre-contract to move to Everton when his Leeds deal runs out.
When the speculation was put to Grayson, the Whites manager said Beckford could attract the attention of bigger clubs than the Toffees if he continues to score goals regularly.
“Pre-contract agreements aren’t binding, so both parties could pull out at any time,” said Grayson in The Sun.
“If he bangs in another 20 goals, there might be bigger teams than Everton coming in for him.”
Reports also claim Leeds have agreed an undisclosed fee with League One rivals Southend United for striker Lee Barnard. (Sky Sports)
It had appeared that Newcastle United were the front runners in the race for the impressive Leeds United striker but now that Everton have come in for the 26 year old Jermaine Beckford has a tough decision to make. It seems that Simon Grayson is getting ready to lose the club’s finest asset and it seems that the Elland Road side won’t get a penny for the London born goal machine which must feel like a slap in the face given it was the League One side who have made Beckford the name that he is now.
If Newcastle have clinched a place back in the Premier League by the summer than Jermaine will have a tough decision to make. He may feel that the St James’ Park side are on the up and up but a move to Everton may seem a more stable option especially if the Merseyside continues to fight its way back from a poor start to the season.