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Bates: No offers for Beckford

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Leeds chairman Ken Bates has confirmed the club have yet to receive a firm bid for striker Jermaine Beckford.

The 25-year-old, who netted 34 goals last season, is still under contract at Elland Road for another year but is already attracting "tentative" interest from a host of other clubs.

"We don't speculate about incomings or outgoings," Bates told Yorkshire Radio. "So far we have had tentative enquiries about Becks, but there's been no offers so he is still a Leeds United player and we're looking forward to him scoring another 30 goals next season."

Meanwhile, Bates paid tribute to long-serving defender Frazer Richardson, who will leave Leeds when his contract expires on June 30 following the signing of Jason Crowe from Northampton.

He added: "Simon [Grayson] knows all about Jason. He's an experienced right-back. He played over 100 games at Portsmouth after starting at Arsenal and he'll bring some experience which we need.

"It goes without saying that we wish Frazer well. He has given us good service and he goes with our best wishes."

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