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Beckford 'agrees' Everton deal

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Leeds United manager Simon Grayson says bigger teams than Everton may yet move for Jermaine Beckford.

Grayson says pre-contract agreements are not binding

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson says bigger teams than Everton may yet move for Jermaine Beckford amid reports the striker has agreed a pre-contract with the Premier League club. Beckford, whose current Leeds contract expires in the summer, recently withdrew a request to leave Elland Road before the close of the transfer window. He had been a target for Newcastle United, with the Championship leaders reportedly having several bids for the forward turned down by Leeds. However, reports now suggest that Beckford has already signed a pre-contract to move to Everton when his Leeds deal runs out. When the speculation was put to Grayson, the Whites manager said Beckford could attract the attention of bigger clubs than the Toffees if he continues to score goals regularly. "Pre-contract agreements aren't binding, so both parties could pull out at any time," said Grayson in The Sun. "If he bangs in another 20 goals, there might be bigger teams than Everton coming in for him." Reports also claim Leeds have agreed an undisclosed fee with League One rivals Southend United for striker Lee Barnard.

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