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Leeds chairman Bates insists no Newcastle approach for Beckford

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has revealed he has received no inquiries about striker Jermaine Beckford, who has turned down a new three-year deal at Elland Road with just a year of his current contract to run.

Newcastle United have been linked with a £2million move for the 25-year-old, but Bates told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "We have had no inquiries yet, but that is not usual at this time because the season has just ended and most managers, scouts and coaches are away winding down.

"They come back in the middle of June and start thinking.

"But we are in no hurry. Jermaine is with us until June 2010 and if we don't get what we consider to be a reasonable offer, we will keep him."

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