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Grayson defends Leeds allowing keeper Schmeichel to leave

Leeds boss Simon Grayson has been explaining the reasons for the sale of stopper Kasper Schmeichel to Championship rivals Leicester. The West Yorkshire club have agreed a reported fee of £1million for the 24-year-old, but Grayson insists he had been looking to strengthen the position of keeper for some time.

He told Yorkshire Radio: "It's been something we've been looking at in that I'm trying to improve the back four or five of last year, and when you concede the number of goals that we did, it's obviously an area where one or two players are vulnerable and we need to change it around slightly.

"There's good options for goalkeepers and defenders out there so this was a footballing decision first and foremost, but obviously in this day and age with the Bosman ruling it quickens decisions up for you. We'll see where it goes.

"When Kasper goes we have other alternatives that will make us better and keep progressing us. Those are the decisions you make at times and that's the decision we've taken at this moment in time.

"I've spoken to him to explain my decision. If no bid had come, it wouldn't have changed the position that we were looking for another goalkeeper and it would be highlighted even more. It's always an area I've been looking to strengthen."

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