Date: 27th May 2009 at 1:57pm
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The 25 year old star striker at Leeds United,Jermaine Beckford has rejected a new three year contract extension at Elland Road forcing the club to invite offers from other clubs before his current contract expires in 12 months time.

Speculation in the media has been rife with a whole host of clubs linked with League 1’s top goal scorer. The striker has put away 34 goals this season but Leeds United of course failed to gain promotion after losing out to Millwall in the League One Play-Offs Semi-Final.

The Yorkshire Post today suggests that Middlesbrough and Coventry City are among the main clubs expected to put in bids for the impressive striker.

However a number of other clubs including Burnley have been linked with the player.

Newcastle United, Sunderland and QPR are other clubs reported to be interested.

With the Clarets recent promotion via Wembley to the Premier League, if the rumour is true one wonders whether Beckford could jump two leagues and play in the top flight. All of the clubs reported to be interested except for Burnley and Sunderland play in the Championship.

If Beckford is considered good enough to play at the top level then the recently relegated Premier League sides, Newcastle and Middlesbrough plus the current Championship sides Coventry and QPR could be at a disadvantage.