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Beckford commits to Leeds

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Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford has committed his future to the club until the end of the season.

Striker removed from transfer list

Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford has committed his future to the club until the end of the season. The 26-year-old forward handed in a transfer request in December and despite attracting bids from a number of clubs, he will remain at Elland Road for the remainder of the current campaign. Beckford has been strongly linked with a move to Championship club Newcastle but the Whites have rebuffed all approaches for the sharp-shooter. Although his contract runs out in the summer, Leeds have decided to risk the chance of him moving on a free instead of cashing in during the January transfer window. And Beckford, who scored the winning goal in the Whites' stunning victory against bitter rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup earlier in the month, insists he is happy to remain at the club. "After a lot of thinking over the last few days I have decided to withdraw my transfer request and commit my immediate future to Leeds United," he told the club's official website. "It was never a comfortable decision for me to ask for a transfer in the first place, but after the game against Manchester United and the unbelievable reaction from the Leeds United supporters in the Wycombe match I have decided I want to finish what I have been striving to do for the last two seasons - and that is to help promote Leeds United out of a division which the club doesn't belong.

Effort

"Every time I put on the Leeds United shirt I give 100 per cent and can assure the fans, the manager and everyone connected with the club that I will continue to do that." Beckford has netted 74 goals for the Whites in 135 appearances since joining from non-league Wealdstone in 2006. Leeds manager Simon Grayson insists he never wanted to sell his top scorer. "I never wanted Jermaine to leave and we have turned down offers for him. "We could have cashed in, knowing what could happen at the end of the season, but the chairman has backed me all the way, and it demonstrates what we are looking to achieve. "Jermaine has always given us 100 per cent and hopefully his goals will play a big part for us over the next few months."

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