Leeds Prolific Striker Jermaine Beckford Up For Sale

One of the really interesting things for Newcastle fans this summer is who Newcastle will attempt to recruit to the club.


Jermaine Beckford – Leeds 6’2″ prolific striker

Alan Shearer has to put together a squad that is tough  enough and physical enough to do more than well in our first season in the Championship.

But he also knows he has to build for the future, and we don ‘t want to have to  replace the squad again, because we find 70% of the first team have no guts, or are just not good enough to play for Newcastle.

Today, the Leeds United star striker Jermaine Beckford has been put on the transfer list.

The 6’2″ striker has 47 goals in 84 appearances for Leeds, since joing them form Wealdstone in 2006, where he scored 54 goals in 82 appearances.

So this Ealing, London born lad can certainly find the back of the net, but the question is could he do that in the Championship?

This lad could be a decent “buy” because he is a free agent next summer,  but could be bought “on the cheap” this summer. he has just rejected a 3 year deal from Leeds.

Leeds United Chief executive Shaun Harvey told the club’s official website today:

“As a policy, we will always look to retain our most effective players.”

“However we will only do so within the financial parameters that we believe are appropriate.”

“The offer we have made to Jermaine is what we believe to be a very good offer, but he has exercised the right to turn it down.”

“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.”

Those are good words from Shaun Harvey, and Newcastle could take a page out of the current Leeds play book – because they are being financially responsible, and will not be held to ransom.

Good for them – seems that Leeds United learned their lesson, and we hope Newcastle does that too – quickly.

We wonder whether Jermaine would like to play fro one of the greatest English strikers ever?

We’ll leave whether we go after Jermaine up to Alan.

We already have two fine young English prospects in local lad Andy Carroll and Londoner Nile Ranger, both of whom we may add, are proud to be at Newcastle.

But we expect Owen, Viduka, Martins,  Xisco and maybe  even Shola Ameobi to move on in the summer, so Alan will need at least a  couple of good strikers brought into the squad.

If we unload those 5 players, the Tynesdie club will save around  £300K each week on wages – close to £16M a year.

Is that amazing – or is that amazing?

And we’ll only miss Oba!  – do you think we may have been overpaying our players, just a little bit? 😀

As we said, it will be more than interesting what squad we end up with in early August.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    May 26, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Beckford is a player i would like, 6ft 2, strong, pacey and can finish GET HIM SIGNED!!

  • Toon_Factor

    May 26, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Here is what some Leeds fanns have said about him;


  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes Please !
    Shame we couldn’t trade him for Owen or Shola or Viduka or Smith or maybe all four.

  • davis_toons

    May 26, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #4

    For sure what i know is Big Sam.Ady will sure came in and dig our players. He better take away alan smith and cacapa which he bought for us.

    We can sell both players to blackburn at 6-7m.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #5

    whiteonman (Leeds United fan)
    Posted Today @ 17:10 View all whiteonman’s posts
    I see Bates is asking 1m for Beckford we will be lucky if we get 500k.

    500K sign him Now Mike !!

  • Toon_Factor

    May 26, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Xisco should be given a chance if he stays, Xisco, Carroll, Beckford, now a little pacey striker is needed, stuff Shola, Smith etc

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    May 26, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed, if you are concerned about this site not making money, I suggest you buy a book that will give you tips on how to become a successful blogger. With your site traffic, especially with a worldwide of visitors, you shouldn’t be doing badly. I have seen bloggers with a fraction of your site traffic earning enough to live extravagantly and enough to fund the costs of getting a nose job.

  • Doocey

    May 26, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?) // May 26, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    Ed, if you are concerned about this site not making money, I suggest you buy a book that will give you tips on how to become a successful blogger. With your site traffic, especially with a worldwide of visitors, you shouldn’t be doing badly. I have seen bloggers with a fraction of your site traffic earning enough to live extravagantly and enough to fund the costs of getting a nose job.

    Agreed, there are pleanty of tips out there for revenue. Maximising Adsense etc.

    Re Beckford.
    Sign him up. £500k, wages around 8-9k?

    Wills score some goals, no brainer for me. Especially considering the money we’ve wasted!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Agree Shola should be Shot like a tired old donkey and Smith should be forced to eat all the silly cards he has amassed then beaten to a pulp.. disgraceful players two of the worst.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon_Ksk ..site traffic earning enough to live extravagantly and enough to fund the costs of getting a nose job.

    You referring to that guy running the pinnochio blog right?


  • waddler

    May 26, 2009 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t understand the support Martins has amongst the fans, Personally l think he runs around the field like a headless chicken and still hasn’t learnt how to spin off his marker and use his blistering pace to score goals.
    Beckford looks like he could handle the rigours of championship football and Ameobi although l think he’s a big soft lump who’s football brain is at least a second slower than it needs to be may also prosper with Shearers boot up his backside.

  • MarkO

    May 26, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Sign him up along with Marc Janko and Douglas Costa up front

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Shola will never prosper..he was Shearer understudy for years the daft sod must have slept through training as he took non of it in..time to Go Shola.

  • MickMack

    May 26, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #14

    I dont think he’s good enough for us. Also seems to think he’s better than what he is. And i thought we were trying to rid the club of these type of players?

  • Doocey

    May 26, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #15

    See Ed’s statement 😀

  • ObaMartins

    May 26, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Why get rid of Martins ? Smith, Viduka,Owen,Ameobi,Geremi,Xisco,Guteirrez,Ameobi,Gonzalez,Coloccine,R Taylor,Nolan.,Barton,Cacapa,Lovenkrands all need to GO, i see noreason why to get rid of Martins as he is a pasionate players and always does his best unlike the rest named in this article…

  • Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Clito Ruiz y Picasso

    May 26, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t know why everyone wants him to join, it’s complete madness!!!

    The guy is arrogant, selfish, lazy and a thug!!!

    We have had plenty of players like him through our door, and is part of the reason why we are relegated.

    We need players that are willing to put in 110% every time they go out and play and act professional on and off the pitch, and he’s NOT one of them

  • LoonyToony

    May 26, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Shola is definatly a player i would like to see the back off, But then again he could be a decent Championship striker………..NAH!!

    He has had far too many chances at NUFC and nows the time to go, provided we get a replacement.

    Beckford would certainly be a great buy and one i think would greatly benefit us.

    Infact now that i think about it, If we sell most of these has beens from the club…theres quite afew tidy young lads in these leagues who im sure we could snap up.

    Cardiff have afew great players,

    Parkin and St Ledger from preston are quality players aswell.

    Could be intresting lads/Lasses.

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  • Matt Lacey

    May 26, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Beckford would be a decent signing, he’s proven himself in League One over the last couple of seasons, he’d probably be very handy in the Championship as well. He is 25 though, so his viability as a transfer target depend on how the club fancy their chances of getting promoted next season, will he be as good in the Premier League? – if so, can we compete for his signature if club such as Burnley, for example, come in for him?

    I think Jordi Gomez would be worth a look, spent last season on loan at Swansea from Espanyol – creative centre mid who scored 12 league goals for Swansea, made the Championship team of the season. I don’t think Espanyol want to loan him out again and Swansea may well be priced out of buying him permanently – but we might not be.

    Jason Scotland would also be a good signing. To be honest, I’d rather see us bring in a proven Championship goalscorer like him than give a completely untested player like Nile Ranger a go. Loads of people seem to be suggesting that he get the chance, but he didn’t even feature in pre-season friendlies last summer for a Southampton team that was giving loads of their reserves first team chances. I know people would cite his prolific form in the reserves, but to be honest I’d rather see him loaned out to a League 1/2 club first to see what he’s really made of.

  • Toon_Factor

    May 26, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Heard a rumour told by a friend of mine listening to the spanish press that a player called Yang Changpeng (striker) is having a trial at Espanyol and then at Newcastle, just looked at his wiki, there is no indication of it but said he recently had a trial with Bolton, but it amazed me when it said he is 6ft8 1/2, just being that tall I would like us to sign him.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 26, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #21

    one player that im seriously praying we get, it would delight me, jordi gomez, naughton, delph, maybe daniel parejo from madrid on loan, very good technicaly, gibson, hart,macheda, we can then start young with say 3-4 older players and i will be over the moon

  • marcus owen

    May 26, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Reduce Oba wages and ask whether he would like to stay or not?

  • MOT

    May 26, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Hi from sunny Leeds!

    Firstly, it was extremely sad to see Newcastle relegated. I know similarities between Leeds and yourselves are echoing around the press, and unfortunately they’re not totally unfounded.

    From what you’ve said about your players wages, it seems the situation is an almost carbon copy of our own. However, we’ve recovered well and the silver-linings in sight. We’re financially stable again and hopefully 2010 will see us begin to climb back up the leagues.

    I think Beckford could do really well at Newcastle under the guidance of Alan Shearer, and you’d do well to secure his services.

    I wrote in my own blog earlier how I’d be saddened to see him leave, but wish him all the best wherever he ends up.


    Good luck next season.

    David, Leeds.

  • mylestoon

    May 27, 2009 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Cheers david, means a lot as a fan of newcastle to hear someone go through that situation and give a bit of re-assurance.

    I have a soft spot for leeds because my g/f dad supports them and i grew up in york, so i was saddened when i saw leeds get relegated (obviously more devastated with what happened on sunday). But Leeds look good now and have done very well to gain stability and i think newcastle can get that stability with shearer and ashley working well together.

    Its also nice to see ashley appologise. It’s never to late to make ammends and i think ashley will come good. It’s not going to be easy for the man financially but he has put a lot of money in the club and bought stability to out debts. But he knows NOW is the time to invest and begin the re-build.

    I’m really looking forward to what happens to the club at the end of this week and the end of the transfer window. I have a gut feeling that were gunna build a strong unit over the next year or 2 and when we go back up we will look a lot sharper!

    Howay the lads!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #25

    Beckford is a thug and not proven at championship level.

    IMO it is no coincidence that he has been put on the transfer list/wanted to leave since we’ve come down.

  • geordie.In.Taipei

    May 27, 2009 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Actually, i would say its not within the realms of possibility to get some kind of swap deal on the table plus cash by offering A

  • geordie.In.Taipei

    May 27, 2009 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #27

    Ameobi and cash. But will the big lump want go Leeds. !!!1

  • Matt Lacey

    May 27, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Beckford may not be proven at Championship level but he wasn’t proven at League One level when Leeds signed him from Wealdstone, who were fighting against relegation from the Ryman Premier at the time – and he was older then than any of our young strikers are now. There’s quality players to be found in the lower leagues, you just have to look for them and take a chance.

  • Little Willie

    May 27, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #29

    I’d rather sign Daniel Sturridge who’s out of contract at City.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Daniel Sturridge is a mug, he wanted 80k a week at city, that s why he is leaving.

    He has scored 3 or 4 pl goals, what a chump.

  • Little Willie

    May 27, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Daniel Sturridge is a bright young striker that has a big future ahead of him, I think he has the ability to be prolific in the Championship next season as well as being a big player in the Premiership in the future.

    He wanted £40k pw at City because they are paying everyone silly money, I think he would be tempted to come here for less because he would have guaranteed first team football and get to learn off one of the best strikers he’s known.

    Perhaps you could tell us who you think we should sign, preferably not someone off football manager.

  • simon winham

    May 27, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Beye Taylor (c) Johnson Tozer

    Lua Lua Butt Guthrie Duff

    Beckford Ranger

    Sign: Beckford, Roger Johnson

    SELL AMEOBI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Simon Cox and Sturridg wanted 60k+, you dont have a clue what you are talking about you chump.

  • Little Willie

    May 27, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m a chump?!

    You’re someone that gets his info from championship manager and has never been to SJP in his life!

    How many times have you seen Simon Cox play? I’m guessing you haven’t and he’s only been brought to your attention because you’ve read about the amount of goals he’s scored in league 1.

    Stick to computer games, lad.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #35

    1. I’ve never played on championship manager, I have never even seen it played, I’ve seen football manager played, but again, never played on it.

    2. I have been to SJP many times.

    3. I have seen Simon Cox play more times than you and I have actually been to see Swindon live this season.

  • rites

    May 27, 2009 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #36

    wern’t you talking about buying in world class players the other month hahaa this club really has plummeted:p

  • Tom_Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #37



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