Preston North End sign Bolton Wanderers striker Jermaine Beckford

Jermaine Beckford

Bolton striker Jermaine Beckford has reunited with his former Leeds boss Simon Grayson at Preston.

In June 2010, Leeds United managed the unthinkable - they went to Old Trafford as a League One club and defeated their bitter rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup.

The hero that day was striker Jermaine Beckford, whose deft finish past Thomas Kuszczak won the game for Leeds in a game that few Leeds fans will ever forget.

Beckford, a 2006 signing from non-league side Wealdstone, scored 85 goals in 152 games during a stunning spell at Elland Road, and he flourished under then-manager Simon Grayson, whose best result as Leeds boss was that win against the Red Devils.

The duo reunited at Huddersfield Town in 2012, and they're back together once again as Preston manager Grayson has snapped up the 30-year-old on loan from Bolton Wanderers.

The Lilywhites were flying in League One having won eight games in a row, but have just lost three league games on the bounce, leading Grayson to attack the loan market for reinforcements - and he's delighted to be working with Beckford again.

"You only want to bring in players that you feel will enhance the squad and add to the level of competition that you have and we feel that Jermaine will do that," said Grayson.

"I have worked with him twice before and he has a fantastic goal record. He has played in the Premier League and everyone knows what he is about and I think it’s a big coup for us," he added.

Preston have a crucial top of the table clash on Saturday as they travel to Ashton Gate to face leaders Bristol City, and it's hoped that Beckford will form a devastating partnership with Joe Garner, arguably League One's most deadly striker.

With Preston and Grayson chasing promotion back to the Championship, they will both be hoping for more moments like that goal at Old Trafford, with Beckford joining initially until January and then until the end of the season, when he is expected to sign permanently at Deepdale.

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