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Leeds quelled by Newcastle's failed South American striker bid

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Leeds United may missed out on signing Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger on the final day of the transfer window, but Simon Grayson is hoping to resurrect a bid for the forward later this month.

Ranger had been linked with moves to Blackpool and Birmingham City, but Newcastle's inability to tie up a deal for Byran Ruiz, who signed for Fulham, meant Ranger was retained.

However, with Ranger expected to be left out of Newcastle's 25-man squad for the Barclays Premier League season, Leeds may get a second chance to bring the player to Elland Road.

Leeds Manager Grayson said: “There’s some good players out there available for those short-term loans. Whether it’s for 28 days or the maximum of 93 days, there’s the option for us to maybe take players on loan with a view to trying to sign those in January, like I tried to do (on Wednesday).

 

“Some good players will be available who weren’t made available for the standard loan, which is from August to January because there’s no recall (clause) as some clubs are reluctant to do that.

“But there will be certain players out of the 25-man (Premiership) squads and out of the picture in terms of being in an 18 or 20-man (match-day) squad, who might need some games. It’s an option for us.”

Leeds saw bids for Jason Puncheon fall through on the final day of the transfer window, while Newcastle floundered in their own attempts to bring in reinforcements in attack.

Ranger won't be able to leave St James' Park until the emergency loan window opens on Thursday, however Newcastle may be unwilling to do a deal if only a loan is involved, with the club keen to offload the player on a permanent deal.

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