Date: 26th May 2009 at 12:40pm
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Newcastle United have been alerted by the availability of Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford after the forward rejected a deal to stay on at Elland Road. The player has been put on the transfer-list, and is expected to move on in the summer.

Beckford, 25, has a year left on his current deal and has been linked with Premier League and Championship clubs.

Beckford scored 34 goals last season for Leeds, who missed out on promotion to League One when they were beaten in the play-offs by Millwall.

The Magpies could secure a deal for the talented marksman for a fee of £5 million, it is being said.

Beckford has scored 54 goals in 98 appearances for Leeds since signing from non-League Wealdstone in March 2006.