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Three free agent strikers Leeds United can still sign after Beckford snub

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A look at three potential alternatives for Leeds United to Jermaine Beckford.

Leeds United have missed out on the chance to re-sign striker Jermaine Beckford, after the attacker's permanent switch to Preston was confirmed, as reported by The BBC.

Beckford was recently released by Bolton, and played a key role in Preston's promotion campaign while out on loan, scoring a hat-trick against Swindon in the play-off final.

The Yorkshire Evening Post were among those to report interest from Leeds in re-signing their former star, but the lure of playing under ex-Whites boss Simon Grayson at Preston won out.

The transfer season is only just underway, and Leeds have alternatives despite Beckford's snub. Here is a look at three other free agent strikers they could take a look at...

Nicky Maynard

Former West Ham striker Nicky Maynard was recently released by Cardiff City after a disappointing spell with the Bluebirds. He is well known to Leeds boss Uwe Rosler, who signed him on loan at Wigan in 2013/14. Maynard made his name with a prolific spell for Bristol City, but this was back in 2009/10 and he has struggled to outscore his 21 goals that season since. Still just 28, his next move is vital for his career, and Leeds could offer him a chance to rebuild his reputation

Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole has seen his long spell with West Ham come to an end, and is currently searching for a new club. Still just 31, the striker could be an effective alternative to Steve Morison up front, if Uwe Rosler decides he wants a similar type of player. Cole scored 15 goals in his only season in the Championship for West Ham, a figure which would have made him Leeds' top scorer last season.

Luciano Becchio

So Leeds missed out on one former star in Jermaine Beckford, but what about looking to another? Fan favourite Luciano Becchio is available after being released by Norwich City, and will still feel he has much to offer after an injury-hit 2014/15. The 31-year-old could flourish in his former surroundings, and on a free transfer surely he is worth Leeds taking a gamble on, in case he recaptures the form which saw him bag more than 80 goals for the club.

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