Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger: I almost signed for Leeds United

Nile Ranger does not believe he has a future at Blackpool, and has discussed a failed move to Leeds United in the summer.

Nile Ranger has told the Blackpool Gazette that he almost signed for Leeds United last summer.

The controversial striker is still contract to Blackpool despite taking a leave of absence, having fallen out with manager Lee Clark.

Ranger explained to the paper that he had fallen in and out of love with the game, and was unimpressed with the wages on offer from the club

Looking back at last summer's transfer window, he said: "I was supposed to go to Leeds but it fell through so I went to Blackpool as a platform and just took whatever deal.

"I wasn’t getting in squads and I was asking how am I supposed to fill my fridge if I’m not playing?"

With Blackpool already relegated and Ranger AWOL, it is a move which did not work out for either party.

He played 14 times for the Tangerines, scoring two goals, one of which came against Leeds at Elland Road in a 3-1 home win for Neil Redfearn's side.

The 24-year-old was previously dismissed by Newcastle United after disciplinary issues.

Ranger is a complex character who needed stability to re-energise his career, and with Blackpool's off field and on pitch problems this season he clearly did not get it.

At Leeds United it is highly doubtful he would have received it either, with their own season resembling a soap opera at times. Ranger is one player they can probably be relieved to have missed out on.

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