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Osman welcomes former Leeds striker Beckford to Everton

Leon Osman is delighted with Everton's capture of striker Jermaine Beckford.

The midfielder welcomed the former Leeds United striker's capture, and is confident Beckford can cope with the switch from English football's third tier to the Premier League.

Beckford, 26, signed a four-year deal at Finch Farm on Monday to become David Moyes' first signing of the summer.

"I think he can adapt to the Premier League," said Osman. "A natural goal scorer will always score goals. You can't question the quality of our front two, but as good as we've been at times last season we lacked someone to just tap the ball in from the six yard line, or on the goal line.

"Even to get one in off his hip. Maybe with Jermaine that will be a big bonus."

And Osman, 29, insists that the better quality of service which Beckford will receive from Everton's creative midfield unit will give him a good chance of climbing up the goalscorer charts.

He said: "If a goalscorer knows where to stand, the more chances that are created the more goals he can get.

"I'm sure he's thinking that if he steps up into a higher quality league, he'll get more chances and more goals."

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