Grayson suffers striker snub

Leeds boss keen to bring in new face due to injury woes

Grayson: Leeds boss keen to bolster his squad with striker signing

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Leeds boss Simon Grayson has been foiled in bids to bring a new striker to Elland Road as he struggles to fill the gaps left by injuries.

Grayson recently played down the need to sign cover following injuries to forwards Luciano Becchio (hamstring) and Davide Somma, who could be out for up to nine months with cruciate knee ligament damage.

But he was forced to move to draft in a player on loan after Billy Paynter sustained a thigh strain at Southampton.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "We were close to doing a deal on Monday but at the last minute the other club changed their mind. That was frustrating but we know what we need to get.

"It's an area we need to look at. We've got some great options here but we haven't got that dominating centre-forward who you need at times. It's something we want but everyone else might be looking for similar players too."

Meanwhile, chairman Ken Bates has confirmed the club cannot afford to sign former striker Alan Smith, who has been told he can leave Newcastle on a free transfer.

Bates said: "We were interested in Alan and Alan, for what it was worth, was willing to consider coming to us.

"But he's on £3million a year and Newcastle wanted a £1million contribution. We can't afford it, as simple as that."