Breaking news on Sky Sports this afternoon, that Jermaine Beckford has committed himself to Leeds United through the end of the season.
Jermaine Beckford – commits to Leeds United for rest of the season
This is somewhat similar to our other top target in January, Matthew Kilgallon, who also committed himself to Sheffield United through the end of the season.
It could be that Newcastle could pick up the 26 year-old on a free transfer in the summer, but if we are promoted, Jermaine would be quite a risk in the Premier League, since he’s completely untried at that level. Matthew Kilgallon would be a better deal for Newcastle, but we think he’ll end up at Everton on a free transfer, in the summer.
Beckford, who famously scored the winning goal in Leeds United’s terrific win at Old Trafford, says he is quite happy to stay at Leeds, as told the club’s web-site:
“After a lot of thinking over the last few days I have decided to withdraw my transfer request and commit my immediate future to Leeds United,” he told the club’s official website.
“It was never a comfortable decision for me to ask for a transfer in the first place, but after the game against Manchester United and the unbelievable reaction from the Leeds United supporters in the Wycombe match.”
“I have decided I want to finish what I have been striving to do for the last two seasons – and that is to help promote Leeds United out of a division which the club doesn’t belong.”
“Every time I put on the Leeds United shirt I give 100 per cent and can assure the fans, the manager and everyone connected with the club that I will continue to do that.”
Beckford has scored 74 goals for Leeds in just 135 appearances since joining them from non-league Wealdstone back in 2006. Newcastle bid 3 times for Beckford in early January, but would go no higher than £1.5M, rightly in our opinion, but there’s a possibility he could end up at Newcastle in the summer, for nothing.
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson had this to say this morning:
“I never wanted Jermaine to leave and we have turned down offers for him.”
“We could have cashed in, knowing what could happen at the end of the season, but the chairman has backed me all the way, and it demonstrates what we are looking to achieve.”
“Jermaine has always given us 100 per cent and hopefully his goals will play a big part for us over the next few months.”
Well, that’s our top two targets, Beckford and Kilgallon, who will not be coming to Newcastle in January, but we could do a lot worse than bring back Marlon Harewood on loan, especially since he’s used to the system and will not need any time to settle in.
Although he looks lazy at times, he can poke those goals in for us at this level.
In fact we wouldn’t be surprised, the way things are going, if Zurab Khizanishvili comes back to Newcastle on loan too.
If indeed they both arrive back at Newcastle, that wouldn’t be too bad, because both can do a job for us in the vital second half of the season, and both know the way the team trains and plays, and will fit straight back in.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, and whether manager Chris Hughton has another striker he wants to bring to Newcastle this month.
Comments always welcome.