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Derby 17:30 Newcastle

Leeds reject Ranger talk

Grayson did not miss out on Magpies youngster

By James Pearson - Follow me: @SkySportsJamesP.   Last Updated: 06/09/11 10:15am

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Ranger: Grayson has denied Leeds tried to land Newcastle youngster on deadline day

Ranger: Grayson has denied Leeds tried to land Newcastle youngster on deadline day

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Leeds United have denied they tried to sign Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger on loan before the summer transfer window closed.

The Whites were linked with a host of players on transfer deadline day and it is understood they missed out on at least three signatures.

Ranger is down the Magpies' pecking order and it has been suggested Leeds missed out on landing the 20-year-old last Wednesday.

However, manager Simon Grayson says the youngster was never a target after they brought Wolves' Andy Keogh back to Elland Road on loan.

Untrue

"It's simply not true," he told the club's official website when asked if the club missed out on Ranger.

"Nile was one of a number of players who we were aware of his availability during the transfer window, but we brought in Andy Keogh a few weeks before so we were not looking at other strikers.

"We certainly didn't speak with Newcastle about his availability, and it's well known that we were looking in other areas."

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