Huddersfield remain keen on out-of-favour Leicester City striker Jermaine Beckford
Huddersfield are still keen to take out-of-favour Leicester City striker Jermaine Beckford on loan, but Terriers boss Simon Grayson said a deal is not imminent.
Former City captain Grayson was cagey when asked on Monday night about his interest in taking Beckford.
The former Everton striker has dramatically fallen down the pecking order at the King Power Stadium, but the Mercury understands Huddersfield are still keen to sign the 28-year-old on a temporary basis.
The Terriers went close on transfer deadline day when Beckford was in Huddersfield and about to complete a loan switch, only for City boss Nigel Pearson to mysteriously call the player back two minutes before the deadline on August 31.
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Beckford then appeared as a substitute in the victory against Blackpool the next day, but he has not featured since and was not in the squad for the victory against Hull on Sunday.
Contrary to speculation, Beckford, inset, has not had a falling-out with Pearson but is training with the development squad.
Beckford wants first-team football and the Terriers appear to be his only immediate lifeline.
While other clubs have expressed an interest, they are not in the position to finance the deal and Huddersfield is the only likely destination at present.
"I was at the game on Sunday and I was watching because we play Leicester (in six days' time)," said Grayson following his side's 3-1 victory at Blackpool.
"I had a team-sheet and I did notice that Jermaine was not in the side, but there were a few others who weren't involved.
"We would have to ask the question in the first place and, if we get the right answer, we will take it from there.
"If I brought someone in at this moment, they wouldn't get into the side because of how we are playing.
"Dean (Hoyle, chairman) has told me that we can go and get players if we want them, but it has to be the right people, at the right time, and the right opportunity for us.
"If we wanted to make an approach we could go and do it. I haven't spoken to Dean at this moment. It is not close to being done at this present time and there may be other players we are interested in."
Meanwhile, Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson will try to extend Paul Gallagher's loan spell at Bramall Lane.
Gallagher is halfway through an initial one-month spell with the League One side and, while Wilson said he has yet to talk to City about extending it, he has been impressed with the midfielder's contribution.
"Paul's not even halfway through his stay with us, so there's plenty of time to sort out what might or might not happen afterwards," said Wilson.
He added: "We'll have a chat when the time is right. There's no rush."