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Ex-Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford turned down MLS move prior to deal with Preston

HITC Sport understands that Jermaine Beckford snubbed an offer from New York City prior to inking two-year deal with Preston North End.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the player that Jermaine Beckford snubbed the opportunity to move to MLS with New York City prior to committing his future to Preston North End.

The former Leeds United striker was always going to be on the move this summer as he approached the end of his contract at Bolton Wanderers.

There was clearly no future for him at the Macron Stadium, with the Trotters allowing him to link up with Preston on loan in November 2014.

He would see out the season with the Lilywhites, helping them to secure promotion into the Championship by netting a hat-trick in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

His efforts made him a wanted man, with few proven goalscorers allowed to drop into the free agent pool.

A return to Leeds was mooted at one stage, but Beckford has opted to remain at Deepdale and pen a two-year contract with the second tier new boys.

He was, however, to turn down the opportunity to head to the United States before agreeing that deal.

It is understood that Beckford could have been turning out in New York with World Cup winner David Villa and ex-Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard, but opted to rebuff their advances in favour of remaining part of Simon Grayson’s ambitious project in England.

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