Report: Bolton agree Jermaine Beckford fee. Has Dougie found his striker?

Gareth Copley

Bolton Wanderers are very much in the market for a new striker to compliment Craig Davies, Marvin Sordell, and David Ngog with Kevin Davies officially off the books. The questions were numerous, including who, from where, and when. However, if the Mirror is to be believed, the answers to those questions look to be Jermaine Beckford, Leicester City, and ASAP, respectively. According to that report Wanderers and Leicester City have agreed a fee for the striker, coming in at £1 million.

The Jermaine Beckford negotations between the Trotters and Foxes have been a bit back-and-forth, to say the least. The talks for the striker opened about a week after the season ended and it was the following day that the asking price emerged. A week-and-a-half after that, the talks hit a standstill and it looked like they would have issues pushing it through. According to a report out of the Leicester Mercury, the Trotters were not willing to match Leicester's asking price.

Beckford move to Leicester City from Everton nearly two years ago, for a fee of about £2.5 million. In his first season with the Foxes, he scored 15 times in 44 appearances in all competitions with 40% of his goals coming in the FA Cup. In his second season, Beckford was deemed, for all intents and purposes, surplus to requirements by Nigel Pearson and spent much of the year with Huddersfield Town. He made 21 appearances for the Terriers and scored eight times. Beckford also recently committed his international future to Jamaica, cap tying himself in the Reggae Boyz' qualifier against Panama. He scored his first international goal earlier this month, scoring at the death against the United States before the Yanks won it in stoppage time.

The striker made a real name for himself at Leeds United, where he played alongside Dougie Freedman for a portion of one season. That year, Beckford scored 27 times in 34 League One appearances (with Dougie providing five goals in 11). Over the course of his Leeds United career, Jermaine Beckford scored 72 goals in 116 appearances, all of which came in League One. Since then, Beckford had really failed to capture that sort of form again but his goalscoring totals have been servicable, without doubt.

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