Grayson admits Woodgate lure
Leeds manager Simon Grayson has refused to rule out the possibility of Jonathan Woodgate joining the club.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 07/01/11 12:36pm
Leeds manager Simon Grayson has refused to rule out the possibility of Jonathan Woodgate joining the club on loan.
The 30-year-old Tottenham centre-half has had an injury-plagued career since departing Elland Road in 2003, with short spells at Newcastle, Real Madrid and Middlesbrough.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is looking to let Woodgate leave White Hart Lane to join a Championship side on loan, and a number of clubs are thought to be tracking the former England international.
Doubts remain over the defender's fitness but the likes of Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers are reportedly monitoring his progress.
Whites boss Grayson admits the lure of Leeds could see Woodgate return to West Yorkshire, saying any side in the second tier would have to seriously consider the benefits of having him on their books.
"We're a big attraction and we've proved that in the past. We're a big football club and I want to show our intentions," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"If Jonathan Woodgate or anyone else who's played in the Premier League will make us better then we'll try and sign them.
"I'm sure if any manager in the Championship or the Premier League was offered Jonathan Woodgate, they'd have to consider it."
Tottenham boss Redknapp has previously indicated his willingness to let Woodgate drop down a division on loan.
"I think he'd be happy to go and play in the Championship on loan because he's been out for a while," he remarked.
"That would probably suit us better."