Why Leeds United should target Bolton Wanderers forward Jermaine Beckford

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Leeds United should make a move to sign Bolton Wanderers striker Jermaine Beckford this summer.

Leeds United appear to have the perfect opportunity to give their fans something to be excited about this summer by completing a transfer for Bolton Wanderers forward Jermaine Beckford.

Beckford, once so prolific at Leeds, is still remembered very fondly at Elland Road and it seems that he could be a potential addition for the Whites in the upcoming transfer window.

The striker has been deemed surplus to requirements at Bolton, with Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen both being snapped up by Neil Lennon, and his future is set to come into question over the summer.

Beckford is currently on loan with League One side Preston North End and his form there has proven that he still has a lot to offer.

The 31-year-old has netted 12 times in his last 21 appearances for Preston, becoming a major part of the Lilywhites' squad as they gun for promotion. He has shown that his finishing ability still remains and his addition at Elland Road would be welcomed at this time.

Leeds need to galvanise their fan-base and creating a strong identity of players on the pitch is the best way that they can do this.

Neil Redfearn has shown that Leeds' faith in bringing in players from across the continent was largely misplaced last summer, with the bulk of the Whites squad now being home-grown stars, and Beckford could fit in well with this ethos.

He would also tick the criterion of having Championship experience - something which Redfearn told the Yorkshire Evening Post would be key for anyone he brings in this summer. 

Beckford would bring passion, quality and knowhow to Leeds' squad and with the restrictions they are currently under in the transfer window, due to their failure to comply with Financial Fair Play, there don't appear to be many more appealing deals that the Yorkshire outfit could complete this summer. 

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