Grayson looking to recruit
Simon Grayson says he is continuing his search to find a replacement for striker Jermaine Beckford.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 01/08/10 2:06pm
Leeds manager Simon Grayson says he has unfinished business in the transfer market as he continues to search for a replacement for Jermaine Beckford.
New signing striker Billy Paynter from Swindon has been ruled out of the start of Leeds United's Championship campaign as well as Robert Snodgrass because of injury, leaving Grayson short of forward options.
Despite signing Ipswich's Alex Bruce, the United boss has not finished looking for recruits.
And last season's 31-goal void left by Beckford's departure to Everton is Grayson's highest priority to replace.
"Billy is a good acquisition but, with him out, we're a little bit short of numbers," he told The Mail on Sunday.
"Don't assume I'm not trying to get somebody else in. I told people our business wasn't finished. We're still talking to clubs about players."
Since taking charge of the West Yorkshire club 18 months ago Grayson has had long-term plans of getting the side back into the Premier League.
And after three years of battling it out in League One, United begin their season in a new division having secured promotion last term.
However Grayson is keen to play down further promotion talk even after United impressively beat Wolves 3-1 in a pre-season friendly.
Goals from Max Gradel, Lloyd Sam and Bradley Johnson cancelled out a Matt Jarvis equaliser in the Saturday showdown.
"Like every other club in the division, you have to have the expectancy of trying to get up," he said.
"But it's a tough division and there are some tough teams who've been among the play-offs for the last few years. We want to do that.
"I believe there are probably 12-15 teams - maybe more - who think thet can get into the play-offs, all with similar budgets and types of players. Some good players, average ones and exceptional ones. It's all about who is consistent and does the right things more than not."