Leeds-linked striker Bonne is shining in the National League with Leyton Orient.

Leeds United could have another version of Elland Road icon Jermaine Beckford if they win the reported race to land Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne.

Leeds signed a young Beckford way back in the summer of 2006 from Wealdstone FC, a team who were playing in the Isthmian Premier League. The striker was working part-time as a windscreen fitter for RAC.

Beckford, now 34 and playing for League Two side Bury, went on to score 84 goals in 147 league and cup appearances for Leeds – with the Chelsea youth player masterminding Leeds’ return to the Championship at the end of the 2009-10 season.

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He left Leeds to join Everton that summer, where he scored 10 goals in 40 games including an incredible solo effort against his former youth side Chelsea. His story is certainly one under the rags to riches category.

Now, Leeds could add a new version of Beckford to their side in Bonne, with TeamTalk claiming Marcelo Bielsa’s side are rivalling Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Norwich City for the National League hotshot.

The 23-year-old has been on fire for Orient this season, as Justin Edinburgh looks to guide his side to a return to League Two at the second attempt. Bonne has scored 15 goals in 21 games, including one against Wrexham on Saturday.

The red-hot striker’s future remains in doubt, though, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. It may tempt Orient into selling him in January, rather than avoid losing him on a free in the summer.

If Leeds can win the race for Bonne, then they may be about to sign a player that can mirror the impact of Beckford and go on to become a cult hero at Elland Road – just like Beckford.

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