Jermaine Beckford Coming To Everton

Ron FurlongAnalyst IIMay 29, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23:  Jermaine Beckford of Leeds celebrates after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 4th round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United at White Hart Lane on January 23, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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As hoped, Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford is saying no thanks to several other suitors and choosing Everton.

The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Leeds United has cancelled Beckford's contract, allowing him to sign with Everton. He was set to become a free agent in July anyway.

Other teams known to be interested in the striker included West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa.

Last May, Beckford had rejected an offer from Leeds, and they had put him on the transfer list for two months. They then agreed on a contract in January to keep him until July.

Beckford helped Leeds gain promotion to the Championship for next season with a spectacular 31 goal season.

Although there is some speculation if Beckford can be as dominating in the Premier League, it is a good gamble for David Moyes.

The Echo also reported Beckford is meeting with Moyes this weekend and a deal should be reached by early next week.

Moyes is also in the process of working on a contract extension for Mikel Arteta.

Also, the Sun is reporting that Benfica's Argentine star Pablo Aimar has been offered to Moyes. Moyes is reportedly interested in the 30 year old, but would have to sell some players for this move to be possible.

A likely scenario would be selling Steven Pineaar, who they have struggled with in trying to resign and who apparently wants out of Goodison. Tottenham and Liverpool have both expressed interest. Pienaar has one season left on his contract.