Leicester City boss Pearson content to keep Beckford

Jermaine Beckford

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson says the club will not be forced to off-load striker Jermaine Beckford.

Beckford, 28, almost joined Huddersfield on transfer deadline day before the Foxes decided against the move late on.

"While he's here he'll play for us," he told BBC Radio Leicester.

"If we feel that deals are there to be done that suit us then fine but we won't be press-ganged into deals that aren't right for us."

He added: "I want my players to be committed to our cause and that is getting us out of this division."

Beckford joined Leicester from Everton for £3m in August 2011 and has scored nine goals in 43 league appearances.

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