Grayson demands big bucks for Becks

Leeds manager Simon Grayson admits it would take a “ridiculous” offer to tempt him to part company with Jermaine Beckford after the in-form striker helped secure an FA Cup fourth-round replay with Tottenham.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson admits it would take a “ridiculous” offer to tempt him to part company with Jermaine Beckford after the in-form striker helped secure an FA Cup fourth-round replay with Tottenham.

Beckford held his nerve to smash home a 96th-minute penalty and earn a 2-2 draw for Grayson’s side on Saturday, after the Yorkshire side had dumped Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United out in the previous round.

Beckford is out of contract in the summer and Grayson is looking to keep the player at Elland Road despite reported interest from Newcastle and Everton.

“It would have to be a lot of money because we have turned down decent money already for him,” said Grayson.

“Jermaine wants to stay and finish the job off. If someone comes in with ridiculous money – and I’m talking a lot more than £2m – then we’d look at it again. But I’ve got no intention of selling him in the window because it’s too late to get a replacement and he’s too valuable to lose.”

Notts County caretaker boss Dave Kevan paid tribute to his side after they came close to registering a shock win over Wigan in Saturday’s other big match.

County raced ahead with goals from Lee Hughes and Ben Davies but Jason Scotland and Ben Watson denied the crisis club a famous win.

“I thought the lads were fantastic, but when we look at it again in the cold light of day, we’ll have mixed feelings,” said Kevan, who has been in temporary charge since Hans Backe resigned in December.

“They know they’ve had a great opportunity to cause an upset, and sadly that hasn’t quite developed.

“But they can take massive credit for today’s performance, and if they can repeat that sort of level, it will stand us in good stead for the remainder of the season.”

Reading’s temporary boss Brian McDermott believes he should get the job full time after seeing his team register a shock 1-0 win over Burnley.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike was enough to secure the win for the Royals, who knocked Liverpool out in the previous round.

“I have said all along that I want the job and that I’m the right guy for it at this moment in time,” said McDermott.

Wolves’ Ronald Zubar struck late on to ruin Crystal Palace’s chances of another shock – against Wolves at Molineux.

Darren Ambrose put Palace 2-1 up after goals from Alan Lee and David Jones but Zubar’s 25-yard effort earned a replay for Mick McCarthy’s side.

Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins paid tribute to Daniel Sturridge after the youngster grabbed the second goal in the holders’ 2-0 over Preston.

Wilkins said: “For young players at Chelsea it is really difficult to get past the likes of Nicolas (Anelka) and Didier (Drogba). He is looking a good player.”

Fulham survived a scare to beat League Two Accrington 3-1 while Fabian Delph scored his first for Aston Villa as they beat Brighton 3-2 at Villa Park.

Portsmouth put their off-field troubles behind them at Fratton Park where they came from behind to beat Sunderland thanks to a John Utaka brace.

Saturday’s other all-Premier League tie saw Birmingham beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park.

Owen Coyle picked up his first win as Bolton manager by seeing off Sheffield United 2-0 while Derby snatched a 1-0 win courtesy of a late James McEveley strike.

Championship title-chasers West Brom booked their place in the last 16 with a 4-2 win over promotion rivals Newcastle while Cardiff also hit four to beat Leicester.

Saturday’s other match saw Southampton overcome Championship side Ipswich 2-1.

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