Friday, 2 September 2011

Puncheon Ducked Out of Leeds Deal

Leeds United boss Simon Grayson revealed his disappointment at missing out on three different players before Wednesday’s transfer window had shut.United lost Max Gradel to Saint Etienne, while Mike Grella and Fede Bessone had their contracts terminated, but no new arrivals were secured at Elland Road.
Grayson said: “Jason Puncheon agreed to sign for us and changed his mind for whatever reason. That reason obviously turned out to be to go to QPR.”The Leeds chief also said the club had missed out on two international players, including a Premier League defender.The United manager admits that even though yesterday saw no additions to the squad it wasn't through lack of money."The money was there to go and sign players, whether it was loan deals or permanent deals we were trying to sign players to make us better and increase the competition.We know we are still a few bodies short but saying that we still have good players here, some of which were enquired about but we managed to keep hold of them, something which is obviously good news."
With the emergency loan window opening next week Grayson sees this as a great opportunity to further enhance the squad.
"It was a bad day at the office as we were working extremely hard to get in the targets that we had. A plus side, to a certain degree, is that the loan market with emergency loans opens next week so if we are short on bodies still then we can go down that market."
He said: “It was probably the most frustrating day I have had as a manager.” Leeds have no game at the weekend due to international matches being played.

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