Jermaine Beckford Wants To Join Ambitious Club

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.

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Jun 11, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Ambitous club?
    Well he need not look in our current direction then…
    Shame, he, Carrol and Ranger would fit the bill nicely.

    And Real Madrid – 80 million for Ronaldo? That’s even more mad than some of the goings on in our club.

  • Edd Case

    Jun 11, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    My spelling is terrible sometimes!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 11, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    We need the midfield sorting out as a priority and the back 4.

    If the last season has taught we anything is that the middle is crap and that has lead to pressure on the back and ultimately goals for the opposing team.

    A nice summer spending spree and team rebuild would be just the key to the start of our campaign.

    I dont want to see any of the sh*t we have seen over the last season at SJP.

    We have got to win and get back up the prem!

  • ginkoh

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Ambitious !!?? not us as long as Ashley still be our owner.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Tickets update:,,10278~1690571,00.html

  • Shot Bru

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    When we get a manager he has got his work cut out. If we need to offload 10-12 players that means he’s gotta be lucky with the youngsters he promotes and purchase at least 8-10 new players, and thats just to have the same size squad as last season, which was woefully short of players in all sorts of positions. Beckford would be a good 1st signing.

  • ToonAllman22

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    This is seemingly off topic, but i was just wondering if anyone could help.. As of September il be based back in Leicester for university, due to their being a large array of the Toons away games in close distance of me, most notably the walkers stadium; 5 mins walk from my house.. I was wondering if its worth joining one of the supporters groups or fan groups, to help me to be able to get hold of away tickets without them selling out before i try, if anyone can help guide me on this, i would be greatly appreciative.. Please help..

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    ToonAllman –

    normally you can purchase through the nufc website. It normally goes to season ticket holders first and then general sale.

    The do operate a loyalty point system which is accurre by the more away game you go etc (i think). However than was mainly for like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manure etc.

    Have a ned on the nufc website and go to tickets section and click on away games.

    I hope this helps mate.

  • batty

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9

    if darren bent was worth 17 mill then ronaldo has got be 80 mill world record have u lot forgot when we brought shearer for a world record fee even though ronaldo isnt a patch on wor alan like .but that what they pay for top class now

  • Whumpie

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think we should write off our chances in the transfer market until we see targets – like Beckford – sign for other clubs.

    Having heard no quotes from Shearer, I strongly suspect that he is being kept in the loop and may well be engaged in lining up signings ready for the bits of the financial and legal jigsaw to drop into place.

    If things were as bad as we sometimes speculate they are, I think we would have heard something from Big Al.

    And yes, I’d love to see Beckford sign for us.

    One journalist did point out that NUFC is the stand-out club in the league to sign for, and I think that still stands.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Batty – its crazy money – especially when money being so tight accross the globe.

    But suppose football still rakes in cash for the local economies and the tax man too!

    I think alot of teams wont do that much business this window – I think we wont get top dollar for the lot we want rip of!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Whumpie – agreed mate re stand out club.

    However I air on the sign of caution – as much as the attitude of the team thinking they are better than the rest of the league – we will be the major scalp for all – inc borough.

    If we can just get past this little sale thing and manager issue – as you say – the rest will fall into place.

  • Nick 69

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    toonallman- if you go to you can purchase a membership, called the 12th man membership. then when tickets go on sale they go to us season ticket holders first, then the 12th man members and then after that they go on general sale so you would get in before they sell out on general sale that way

  • ToonAllman22

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Toon Graeme –

    Thanks a lot man! Had a gander through the site, and it seems that joining the ’12th man’ supporters group is the best thing to do, due to it stating that away tickets go on sale to season ticket holders first, then supporters group members followed by general public, going to wait til they get up details on 09/10 supporters info, coz it says coming soon currently and joining in July is best time rly, cheers for your help..

    Back to the topic of Toon in’s and out’s, what does anyone think about bringing in Simon Cox from swindon, he had a belting season in League one and due to our useless strikers hopefully leaving, (apart from martins and the kids) could do it for us happily, along with young Matty Fryat!???

  • Shot Bru

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    totally agree Toonallman. Cox-Beckford-Ranger-Carroll would be a good range of strikers for the CC.

  • simon376@work

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #16

    ToonAllman22, I’ll play for us for nothing or maybe £1000 a week, but if they watched me I think they will say on yer bike.

    Oh, take it you mean another Simon Cox ha ha

  • RyanToon

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #17

    this 80m ronaldo deal is now ”ok” because madrid come in for him but when man city through their money about its wrong?? give me a break! 80m is a joke but if ya got it spend it

  • Nick 69

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #18

    difference is real madrids money isnt coming from aum oil rich arab who will drop the club in the sh*t wen he gets bored!

  • RyanToon

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #19

    nick69 real madrid are millions in debt. its not their money

  • batty

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #20

    like i say we once payed a world record fee for a player and we might again if freddy sheperd get hold of us lol

  • RyanToon

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #21

    yh batty, like bringing in big money signings like luque and boumsong LMFAO

  • batty

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #22

    and mark hughes looks as jealous as fck on sky

  • batty

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #23

    RyanToon // Jun 11, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    yh batty, like bringing in big money signings like luque and boumsong LMFAO
    <<<<yep thats them lol

  • batty

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #24

    maybe ashley shoul have brought him for a 100 mill in jan then we would still be a prem club and he could of sold us for 300 mill and wouldnt of lost that much lol

  • Doocey

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #25

    £56 + 80 = £136m spent ?

    My goodness, they’ll be relying on success in every cup this year Real.

    Wonder what their debt is?
    United’s is about £700m =)

  • Nick 69

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #26

    yeah ther millions in debt, difference is by the end of next season they would have recouped a huge percentage of the transfer fee in shirt sales etc thro ronaldo. they are the biggest, most famous football club in the world and thers a big difference in them spending huge fees and man city who are a mid table club who’ve hit lucky

  • davis_toons

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #27
  • waddler

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #28

    l wonder if Douglas Hall is about to be installed as a director again.
    That would be wonderful, l can just see him and fatman diving into mudbaths with blond strumpets and boasting about thick geordies buying over priced shirts.
    Bring on the Geordie Nation, NOT.

  • batty

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #29

    realmadrid timesed what they payed for beckham by 10 through shirt sales and sponsorship so like nick69 said they will get it back no problem

  • newcastle29

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #30

    CHRIS HUGHTON is waiting in the wings to come in as Newcastle United caretaker boss for a third stint should Alan Shearer not get the green light from Mike Ashley to take charge.

  • batty

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #31

    go on chrisey boy

  • newcastle29

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #32

    it does’nt bare thinking about, he is useless as a manager.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Newcastle29 – just read it and the rest on the chronicle webste.

    Lee Ryder has proved his source correct so he seems more credible.

    Llambias has again proved he is a kn*b jockey.

    Chris Hughton in charge – again – you are taking the piste!!!!

    Get this sale sorted and a condition that a manager (shearer) is appointed!!!!!

  • Ross

    Jun 11, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #35

    i will lose the will to live if Hughton returns. I’m almost at that stage as it is. Was it a journalist or was it an agent who said we would be top dog in the CCC?…either way, its promising if thats how the neutrals are thinking. Hopefully good players feel the same way.
    All seems a bit of a joke when you look at the state we’re currently in. As you say Graeme, we need to sort out this takeover before anything else, quickly and hopefullly things will start to fall into place. I’m quite confident it would all start to look up though. If we get a new owner and shearer in, we can say “look, its all behind us, we have an honest board in place who want us back in the EPL and have the money to challenge, we have Shearer at the helm, come and play a part in getting us promoted, make newcastle a proud club once again”

  • Johno Toon

    Jun 11, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Looks like this take over is taking steam now , two parties are about to start due dillegence

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 11, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #37

    The South African bid could be very interesting, considering the World Cup is going to start there a year to this very day.

  • ArtyH

    Jun 11, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #38

    If the club is not sold…….I just wonder who if anyone will be willing to shell out for season tickets next season?????

    Don’T want to drag up what I predicted at the start of last season when I suggested that no one should attend the games until the clowns had been made to see sense and leave TOON. This situation was predicted then, will the same ones go to the games and line his pockets again?????

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 11, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #39

    I dont know what to do with my season ticket and that pains me to say.

    My heart say renew
    My head says match by match

    Thoughts and views?

  • toonsy

    Jun 11, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Toon Graeme – Renew your ticket mate. There are people out there who would die for a chance to go week in week out, like me! If you have a chance you have to take it!


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