Simon Grayson believes Max Gradel's agent is behind persistent talk of interest from Newcastle United, but the Leeds United manager reiterated today that he was under no pressure to sell players.
Gradel has been at the centre of rumours over a possible move to St James' Park on the back of an impressive run of goalscoring form, but Grayson does not plan to listen to any offers made for important squad members during the January transfer window.
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United signed Gradel on a two-and-a-half year deal from Leicester City 12 months ago, and the 23-year-old is an influential part of Grayson's side.
His reputation has come to prominence this season on the strength of eight Championship goals, all of which were scored during United's recent 12-match unbeaten run.
But Grayson insisted he was not worried about having his hand forced by bids for his players, saying: "It's not a concern because we don't have to sell anyone.
"Max has just got a new agent who's obviously touting him around a little bit and that always comes with the transfer window.
"We'll be linked with players coming in and there'll be talk of players
going out but I want to take us forward with this current group. For any of them to leave Leeds United would take big money or a serious attraction elsewhere because there aren't many bigger clubs than us."
Only Bradley Johnson of Grayson's regular first-team players is likely to be sold by Leeds this month.
The midfielder is on the transfer list at Elland Road having turned down a final contract offer from the club in November.