Goodison Park side pick up top notch Elland Road freebie.
Everton have signed Jermaine Beckford on a four-year deal after the striker’s contract at Leeds was cancelled early.
The 26-year-old had been linked with a number of clubs after his 31 goals helped Leeds gain promotion to the Championship in the 2009/10 season.
He put in a transfer request in January but when a £1.5m bid from Newcastle was rejected soon after, he came off the list before linked to Everton.
“I want to test myself at the highest level,” said Beckford.
And the forward indicated that the influence of Toffees manager David Moyes played a major part in his decision to move to Goodison Park.
“I’ve been impressed a lot by him [Moyes],” stated Beckford. “He seems like the type of guy who will sit down and tell you where you’re going wrong, what you’re doing right and what you might need to work on.
“It is a club I can learn from and it can help me develop into a better player. Fingers crossed, I can be really involved in taking this club where it wants to be.” (BBC Sport)
Its a deal that has been on the cards for some time and its one that may well prove to be the bargain of the summer. 26 year old Jermaine Beckford has been immense for Leeds United over the past three seasons and whilst it would be easy to claim that scoring goals in League One is not the most difficult achievement the fact that he managed to net 84 times in 141 appearance during that period shows just how capable a marksman the Londoner has been.
Clearly its going to be a big jump for the lad but he has shown enough to convince David Moyes of his worth and I fully expect Beckford to do well at Goodison Park. Does this spell the end of Yakubu’s Toffee career?