Everton confirm Beckford signing
Former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford has signed a four-year deal with Everton, three days after being released from his contract at Elland Road.
Beckford netted 31 goals in League One last season to help Leeds to promotion, and will now be tested in the Premier League for the first time.
Everton boss David Moyes has demonstrated his faith in the striker's ability to score top-flight goals by offering him a four-year contract, and Beckford will compete with Louis Saha, Yakubu, Victor Anichebe and James Vaughan for a place in the Toffees' frontline.
"I am excited by it. It's going to be a test, I know that, but I am looking forward to it," Beckford said. "I want to test myself at the highest level and luckily for me, David Moyes showed an interest in me, showed some faith in me and hopefully I can repay that.
"I've been impressed a lot by him. 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.
"It is a club I can learn from and it can help me develop into a better player. Fingers crossed, I can be really involved in taking this club where it wants to be.''
Beckford passed a medical at the club on Monday, with the deal completing a remarkable ascent up the football ladder for the striker over the past four years.
In 2006 he was playing for non-league side Wealdstone in the seventh tier of English football, but after netting 35 goals in 40 games in the 2005-06 season he earned a move to Leeds, though he initially struggled to break into the team.
Loan moves to Carlisle and Scunthorpe followed but Beckford eventually won a place in Leeds' starting line-up and over the past two seasons has proved his goalscoring credentials.
He netted the winner against Manchester United in January, as Leeds pulled off an FA Cup shock with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford, and he was named the League One Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons.