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Report: Beckford's representatives hold Preston talks with Leeds return unlikely

Jermaine Beckford could be nearing a deal to stay at Preston.

According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Preston North End have held talks with Jermaine Beckford's representatives over a permanent move to Deepdale.

The Jamaican forward has been on loan with Preston since joining from Bolton in November, reuniting with his former Leeds boss SImon Grayson in the process.

Back together again, Beckford enjoyed a remarkable end to the season, scoring a hat-trick in the League One play-off final against Swindon Town to take Preston back to the Championship after four years away.

Beckford's exploits in that 4-0 win took his tally to 18 goals for Preston, and now speculation is surrounding the 31-year-old's future in Lancashire.

Bolton have already announced on their official website that Beckford's contract will not extended this summer, meaning he will become a free agent.

The Yorkshire Evening Post recently reported that Leeds had been considering a move to bring Beckford back to Elland Road, but had decided not to pursue him - and that has left Preston in the clear to land his signature on a full-time basis.

The Lancashre Evening Post report that Beckford's representatives have already held talks with Preston over a permanent stay, with another round of negotiations to come this week.

Beckford has been reborn at Deepdale, and given his affinity with Preston manager Grayson, it would now be something of a surprise to see Beckford playing elsewhere next season.

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