But the 26-year-old is out of contract in the summer and available on a free transfer ... and trust me on this one ... HE IS GOING!
Bates: "I have always said the Beckford decision was down to Simon Grayson.
"We could have picked up a quick £1.8million cash from Newcastle for Beckford''s transfer and Becks wanted to go.
"But Simon has always said he would do what was best for Leeds United and that means getting promotion, which is what we are doing.
"I am not particularly impressed with his (Beckford''s) agent but as long as Jermaine stays on the pitch and scores goals I think all the fans will be happy and that is the important thing - the fans being happy in the short and long term."