Leeds United: The door is still open for Keogh

WANDERER'S RETURN: Striker Andy Keogh (right) looks to be heading back to his parent club Wolves.

WANDERER'S RETURN: Striker Andy Keogh (right) looks to be heading back to his parent club Wolves.

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Leeds United boss Simon Grayson has cast doubt on Andy Keogh’s future at Elland Road by suggesting he will strengthen other areas of his team before looking to re-sign the striker.

But Grayson refused to rule out the possibility of a deal which keeps Keogh at the Whites when his loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers ends next week.

Keogh is approaching the end of his half-season deal with Leeds and is due to return to his parent club after Monday’s clash with Burnley at Elland Road.

The 25-year-old, who has scored twice in 23 appearances for United this season, is surplus to requirements at Wolves and is believed to be keen to remain with Leeds.

Reports yesterday suggested that Leeds were unwilling to meet Wolves’ asking price for the Republic of Ireland international, but Grayson said: “Nothing’s been confirmed.

“But we’ve got certain areas of the pitch that we need to strengthen and I’ve got X-amount of money to spend.

“Wolves are looking to do permanent business and they wouldn’t be loaning him back out again until the end of the window.

“I’ve got funds to strengthen and I’ve got to analyse where the most crucial areas are but that’s not to say we won’t do anything with Andy.”

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