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Beckford transfer-listed by Leeds

Jermaine Beckford
Beckford scored 34 goals last season in all competitions

Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford has been put on the transfer list after rejecting a new three-year contract.

Beckford, 25, has a year left on his current deal and has been linked with Premier League and Championship clubs.

Leeds chief executive Shaun Harvey told his club's website: "The offer we made is very good, but he has exercised his right to turn it down.

"We always look to retain our most effective players, but only within appropriate financial parameters."

Beckford scored 34 goals last season for Leeds, who missed out on promotion to League One when they were beaten in the play-offs by Millwall.

Harvey added: "On the basis that he has 12 months remaining on his current contract and could leave on a free transfer next summer, we feel we must consider any offers that are forthcoming for him.

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"In the event that no offers are forthcoming or the offers received are unacceptable to us then he will remain part of Simon Grayson's squad next season."

Beckford has scored 54 goals in 98 appearances for Leeds since signing from non-League Wealdstone in March 2006.

The player had loan spells at Carlisle and Scunthorpe, helping the Iron to promotion to the Championship in the 2006/07 season.

He was given his chance to impress back at Elland Road the following season and scored 20 goals as Leeds lost out in the League One play-off final to Doncaster.

And in the wake of Leeds' latest failure to win promotion, Beckford could move on this summer.



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