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Leeds boss Simon Grayson in talks over loan players

Simon Grayson
Grayson's Leeds are four points clear at the top of League One

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has revealed he is keen to extend loan deals for a number of players to keep them at Elland Road beyond January.

Players including Max Gradel, Hogan Ephraim and Sam Vokes are due to return to their parent clubs in the new year, but Grayson hopes some will stay.

"Talks are ongoing and we've spoken to a few clubs about what we want to do," Grayson told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I wouldn't have thought all the loans will go back, some should stay,"

Grayson added: "We obviously have a few options to consider and we will just address it as the issues come along.

"We feel we have a good enough squad anyway when everyone is fit but that's not to say that we won't try and do a little bit of business when the window opens."

Meanwhile Grayson has confirmed Shane Higgs has suffered another setback in his return from injury.

The goalkeeper has not played since the middle of October because of a thigh problem.

"He's had a slight kind of twinge in his thigh, which is frustrating for everybody because we were so close to getting him back," said Grayson.

"It's a real delicate area where he is injured at the moment, so we are trying to get to the bottom of it.

"He's had an injury there in the past and has some scar tissue in there that keeps flaring up and it's something we have to get sorted."

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