Report: Jermaine Beckford has Bolton medical, Dougie says deal is "close."

Gareth Copley

Dougie Freedman's furious July keeps moving at its frenetic pace. The Trotters have already signed five players (Hayden White, Marc Tierney, Rob Hall, Conor Wilkinson, and Alex Baptiste) and look set to add a sixth in striker Jermaine Beckford. According to a report out of the Leicester Mercury, who had previously broken the story regarding Beckford's fee, the striker has had his Bolton medical and the move looks imminent.

Bolton Wanderers have not yet confirmed the news. Per the report, the fee is undisclosed but the total package is rumored at £1 million with Jermaine Beckford taking a pay cut to make the Reebok move happen. Manager Dougie Freedman has a history with the striker, having played alongside him at Leeds United in League One a few years back. In eight league matches together, the pair would combine for seven goals, propelling Leeds into the League One Play-off before losing in the final.

Beckford was deemed, for all intents and purposes, surplus to requirements and Leicester City and spent the vast majority of last season on loan at fellow Championship club Huddersfield Town, where he nine times in 22 appearances.

The manager spoke to the Bolton News during the second day of pre-season earlier, commenting on the Beckford deal:

"We are very close with Jermaine. He's someone I have worked with before, played with, and a proven goalscorer who I think will be very good for this football club.

"We are not quite there but I do have a gentleman's handshake on it, which goes a long way for me.

"It's just a couple of small bits and pieces that we need to tidy up."

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