Keogh returns to bolster Leeds United

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SIMON Grayson has moved to bolster his striker options ahead of tonight’s game against Hull City by bringing back Andy Keogh to Leeds United.

The loan signing from Wolves is expected to go straight into the side for the Championship match at Elland Road when he will make his second debut for the club. having appeared just once as a junior in his first spell at Elland Road.

The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international has signed initially on loan until January and has been brought in with United facing a striker crisis with injuries to Luciano Becchio, Billy Paynter and Davide Somma leaving them with just Ross McCormack available. Winger Max Gradel and attacking midfielder Jonny Howson are also suspended for one game.

Keogh, sold by Leeds as a young striker to Scunthorpe for £50,000 in 2004, wants to make an impact at the club where he started his career.

He said: “It is great to be back. I know all about the club, I was here in what you could call the good old days and I left just as things started to go downhill.

“I was disappointed I never got a fair chance here. I thought I was sold too quickly. I understand what it was like back then, but it feels good to be back and to have a chance to play in the first team properly.

“Every player wants to prove something and I am no different. I do feel I was let go too early and didn’t get the chance to show fans what I could do.”

United boss Grayson is also running the rule over former Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell, who is on trial following his release by German side Hannover.