Leicester City are being linked with a move for Everton striker Jermaine Beckford.

The former Leeds United hitman, who moved to Goodison Parrk on a free transfer last summer, scored 8 goals in a highly-anticipated first Barclays Premier League campaign.

Signed by the Whites from Wealdstone in 2006, Beckford scored 85 goals in all competitions for the Elland Road outfit before leaving Leeds after helping the club secure promotion to the Npower Championship under Simon Grayson.

Despite making 38 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees last term, speculation over a move away from Merseyside continues to surface, with The Daily Mirror claiming Leicester City have launched a £3 million bid for the player.

The Foxes, who are well-fancied in the second tier this term, have missed out on a handful of striker targets already this summer.

Sven-Goran Eriksson has failed in his pursuit of Shane Long, Craig Mackail-Smith, Emile Heskey and Nicky Maynard, with Beckford now the latest name in the frame.

"The target is to find a striker who can score us 20 goals in a season," said the Leicester City boss.


"But it will be difficult because it is not always about money - the problem is we are in the Championship.”

It's unknown if the former Leeds striker would be willing to drop down from the top tier to play at the King Power stadium.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms