One player presumably that Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie have already pinpointed as a Newcastle summer transfer target is 25 year-old Jermaine Beckford of Leeds United.
Jermaine Beckford – looking for ambitious club
But the striker’s agent says that Jermaine would only leave Leeds for a Premier League side or a club at the top of the Championship. Does that qualify Newcastle we wonder?
The 25-year-old is on the transfer list and has refused to sing any new deal at the club, and his current contract runs out next summer, so Leeds will be hoping to make something off the player this summer, before he can leave for nothing next year.
Beckford can certainly score goals in the lower divisions, and he’s scored 34 goals in 2008/09, but Leeds again failed to get promotion from Division one, as they try to recover from their financial collapse of a few years back, and get back where they belong – in the Premier league.
Beckford only wants to join a club with ambitions, and if no club is forthcoming this summer with a decent bid for him, he would be willing to stay on and complete the remaining 12 months of his Leeds United contract.
Agent Nick Ruberry said in the Daily Mirror today:
“Jermaine won’t consider anything other than a top-end Championship club or a Premier League club because Leeds are still a huge side.”
“If he needs to, he will stay at Leeds for another 12 months.”
If we are to believe local reports, Jermaine would walk to Newcastle to join the club, and we have to hope some of this is true, as timer begins to start running out if we are to capture some of our summer targets.
The 6’2″ Ealing, London born Beckford, is a prodigious goal-scorer having scored 47 goals for Leeds in just 84 games.
Ashley needs to release the club from the prison he has had it locked in since we were relegated and he decided after another week to put the club up for sale.
Seemingly he’s had enough of Newcastle, and certainly Newcastle and Newcastle fans have had more than enough of this guy – who seems absolutely and completely incompetent!
If he can appoint a manager, or do something, good work could potentially start to prepare the Tyneside club for next season, which of course will be crucial to our immediate future.