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Report: Beckford talks hit standstill

Ross Kinnaird

It seemed like the transfer discussions for Jermaine Beckford between Bolton Wanderers and Leicester City were moving very quickly. Just under two weeks ago, the two clubs had opened talks and a day later, the £1 million asking price for Beckford emerged. Today, a report from the Leicester Mercury says that the two clubs are way apart in their valuations of the player.

Beckford moved to Leicester City at the start of the 2011/12 season, following a year at Everton, for a reported fee of £2.5 million. Since then, he had essentially been deemed surplus to requirements at the Foxes and it seems that manager Nigel Pearson is determined to move him in. Dougie Freedman appears to be keen on the striker but is looking for a cut price move. That is where the £1 million fee comes in.

According the the Mercury report, Bolton Wanderers are trying to get a lower fee than that with Leicester aiming to cut their losses by as small a margin as possible. As such, talks are at a deadlock.

There are other players in the mix for Beckford, including, but not limited to, his old teams Leeds United and Huddersfield Town