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McSheffery set for Leeds stay?

Leeds United’s on loan Striker Gary McSheffery has been promised a permanent deal at the League One outfit, if they successfully gain promotion this season according to the Daily Mirror.

The Birmingham striker, who was only loaned to Leeds United 6 days ago is believed to have impressed within such a short period of time that manager Simon Grayson is considering a permanent deal for the 27 year old. McSheffery played well in his first appearance for Leeds in their 2-0 victory against fellow League One promotion candidates Colchester United last week.

Having joined Birmingham for £4million from Championship side Coventry in 2006, McSheffery was part of the Birmingham City side that gained promotion to the Premier League last season. Yet this season has found game time limited with just one start and four substitute appearances to his name. It is believed Alex McLeish had told McSheffery that he no longer features in his first team plans and was free to look for another club this month. Having gained a growing reputation at Coventry City as a youngster, where McSheffery operated more on the left wing, a move to a bigger club such as Birmingham City was inevitable with his 44 goals in 143 appearances.

Leeds United has secured a loan deal for the striker till the end of the season. It is believed Grayson sees the player as a long term replacement to Jermaine Beckford who is expected to join a Premier League side, most rumoured to be Everton, at the end of the season when his contract runs out. The Mirror additionally claims that McSheffery is extremely open to the idea of joining Leeds United permanently, but only upon a successful promotion to the Championship

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