Fulham aim to complete a former Leeds front-line by signing Beckford - report

Fulham reportedly are hoping to have a trio of former Leeds United strikers at the club by the end of the day, by signing Jermaine Beckford and Matt Smith.

Jermaine Beckford could complete a former Leeds United front-line at Fulham, as the club are in talks to sign him today.

According to the Guardian’s Daniel Taylor, Fulham are hoping to secure his transfer from Bolton Wanderers before the close of play.

If he does move to Craven Cottage he will join Ross McCormack, who joined Fulham in an £11 million bid earlier in the window, and could also be greeted by Matt Smith.

The Cottagers are discussing a deal for Smith with the Whites and the chances of the powerful forward signing for the London club were rated as ‘50/50’ earlier.

If they did sign it would lead to Fulham having a strike-force which Leeds supporters would know all about the quality of.

Beckford and McCormack have been two of the players to make the biggest impact at the club in recent times.

The pair scored a combined 135 goals for the club during their time at Elland Road and are regarded as two of the finest attackers to represent the side since their relegation from the Premier League in 2004.

Smith, meanwhile, is thought of highly by Whites fans and they have generally been disappointed by the news that he could be set to depart.

While there have been numerous additions at the club this summer, Smith remains one of the more popular members of the first-team squad with his aerial presence proving a big threat over the past season.

It would be a frustrating for Leeds fans to see such a collection of their finest talents at another club – especially as Fulham are in the same division.

Felix Magath’s side have started their league campaign in abysmal fashion and if the trio of strikers were to play together they would need to hit the ground running.

The side, who were relegated from England’s top flight last season, are yet to win in their first five games at Championship level despite being one of the promotion favourites and they know they need a serious improvement if they are to meet expectations.

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