Everton have signed Jermaine Beckford on a four-year deal after the striker’s contract at Leeds was cancelled early.

The 26-year-old had been linked with a number of clubs after his 31 goals helped Leeds gain promotion to the Championship in the 2009/10 season.

He put in a transfer request in January but when a £1.5m bid from Newcastle was rejected soon after, he came off the list before linked to Everton.

“I want to test myself at the highest level,” said Beckford.

And the forward indicated that the influence of Toffees manager David Moyes played a major part in his decision to move to Goodison Park.

“I’ve been impressed a lot by him [Moyes],” stated Beckford. “He seems like the type of guy who will sit down and tell you where you’re going wrong, what you’re doing right and what you might need to work on.

Author: isport