Leeds United boss Simon Grayson admits deadline day was his 'most frustrating day as manager' after things worked against the Whites.
A handful of targets slipped through the fingers of the Elland Road chief, most notably Sammy Clingan, before winger Max Gradel left the club for Ligue 1 side St. Etienne.
"It was my most frustrating day as a manager."I was working my socks off to achieve two, three, even four players coming in," Grayson told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"At one stage, all the players needed to do was sign, but different circumstances didn't make the deals happen.
"Hopefully, everyone will understand the situation. I understand the fans and that's why I am coming out to justify what happened."
It was with regret that Grayson allowed winger Gradel to leave the club, a day after the player handed in a transfer request citing a desire to return home and play at the highest level.
The club were not looking to sell the player, but the Leeds boss admitted that it was the right decision to let the player go after a heart-felt plea.
"I wish him well in the future but it is a loss and a blow that he has gone. We did make a stance not to sell him but when he comes pouring his heart out to me that he needs to go back to France for family reasons as well, you have to accept that sometimes," the manager told the official Leeds website.
"I could have sold him to three Championship clubs on Wednesday and the day before but we made a stance that we weren't going to sell him to any of our rivals. One or two Premier League clubs inquired but didn't follow it through. In the end him going abroad back to his family and the country where he was brought up is an ideal situation."
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