Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford has handed in a transfer request in a bid to force a move away from the club. Beckford has been heavily linked with Newcastle but his mooted move was originally put off by his wanting to play in Leeds’ FA Cup clash with Manchester United and then hit a snag when Leeds demanded double their original asking price, requesting £3 million for the hitman.
The Daily Mail report that Newcastle have already had two bids rejected, standing at £1 million and £1.25 million but their latest bid of £1.5 million is the highest they are willing to go. Leeds are reportedly holding out for at least £2 million so there is still no guarantee a price can be agreed which has led to Beckford’s attempt to force the move. A Leeds statement said
“The player wants to leave Leeds United. However, that will only be allowed to happen in the event that it is decided to be in the best interests of Leeds United. The best interests of Leeds United involve receiving both an acceptable transfer fee and securing a suitable replacement.”
Beckford, top scorer in League One, is said to be eager to play Premiership football and believes that he can help take Newcastle back to the top and play there with them as the Geordies sit top of the Championship. Both Beckford and Newcastle will be very hopeful that a price can be agreed soon so that the move can go ahead.
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