By Chris Wright
Everton have confirmed their capture of Jermaine Beckford on a free transfer after Leeds agreed to cancel the striker’s contract early to allow him to move on.
The 26-year-old hitman, who has scored 85 goals in 150 appearances for Leeds (including the goal that clinched the Yorkshire side’s promotion to the Championship last season) has signed a four-year contract at Goodison.
Speaking after completing his medical at Everton, Beckford said;
“I wish the season was starting tomorrow. I’ve been fortunate enough to score goals at the clubs that I’ve been at and hopefully I’ll be able to do that here as well. I hope I can hit the ground running.
It’s going to be a test, I know that, but I am looking forward to it. I want to test myself at the highest level and luckily for me, David Moyes showed an interest in me, showed some faith in me and hopefully I can repay that.
I’ve been impressed a lot by him. He seems like the type of guy who will sit down and tell you where you’re going wrong, what you’re doing right and what you might need to work on.
It is a club I can learn from and it can help me develop into a better player. Fingers crossed, I can be really involved in taking this club where it wants to be.”