Grayson: Beckford on backburner

  • Last Updated: September 13 2012, 20:24 BST

Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson has not ruled out another bid to capture Leicester's Jermaine Beckford on loan - but Foxes boss Nigel Pearson insists his club will not be forced to offload the striker.

Beckford: Town target

Former Leeds forward Beckford, 29, who worked under Grayson at Elland Road, was the Town manager's number one choice to replace Jordan Rhodes and had agreed terms with Huddersfield on a season-long loan on Friday, only for Leicester to change their minds minutes before the transfer deadline and the move collapsed.

Grayson, who also confirmed his interest in Reading's Simon Church, said: "We've said all along if we were going to go and get anybody it must be somebody who is better than what we've already got and at this moment in time the ones we were looking at are not available.

"But we'll see if things change over the weekend. Some players might be in their manager's thoughts now and they are not let out, but in a week's time they may be out of their plans.

"So we'll see where we are. I could go and sign a couple of players tomorrow, but I don't think they'll be any better than what we've got here and when you bring in players thay have to be better than what you've already got."

When asked specifically about Beckford, Grayson added: "We've been told he's going nowhere at this moment in time, but that can change after the weekend, it could change tomorrow. That's how football is. When you have a deal done at five to 11 and it all gets changed nothing surprises me. That's just part and parcel of football, so we'll keep an eye on every situation."

And Leicester boss Pearson told BBC Radio Leicester: "While he's here he'll play for us. If we feel that deals are there to be done that suit us then fine, but we won't be press-ganged into deals that aren't right for us."

Pearson added: "I want my players to be committed to our cause and that is getting us out of this division."