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Leeds aim to keep Beckford
20 May 2009 - 12:39:11
Leeds United have confirmed they will offer top scorer Jermaine Beckford a new contract.
The 34-goal striker has 12 months remaining on his existing deal and although chief executive Shaun Harvey revealed he was disappointed by Beckford's agent discussing his contract situation in the media, he will be offered a new deal.
Beckford has been linked with a £3million move to Coventry City in recent days.
"In simple terms it's not for Jermaine's agent to decide when Jermaine is contracted to us for a further 12 months," Harvey told the club's official website.
"I spoke with Jermaine Beckford's agent on Wednesday and we will be forwarding the offer of a new contract now we know which division we will be playing in next season.
"It's unfortunate that a choice appears to have been made to discuss contract negotiations in public via the media and I'd be disappointed if any Leeds fans interpreted what has been attributed to his agent as Jermaine's desire to leave.
"I understand Jermaine's desire to have his future resolved and know what the future holds for him, but I think there's plenty of time to resolve this matter over the summer."