Hudderfield swoop for Southern

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SIMON Grayson is being linked with an audacious swoop for Pool’s long-serving midfielder Keith Southern.

Grayson, in charge of Championship new boys Huddersfield, was a huge fan of Southern’s when he was boss at Bloomfield Road from 2005-8.

He also made an attempt to sign the midfielder while in the Leeds hotseat.

That fell through at the 11th hour but Grayson, having led Huddersfield to promotion via the play-offs, could be about to try again.

The Terriers’ interest is badly timed, with Southern – a hugely popular figure at Bloomfield Road – due a testimonial match against Everton in a fortnight as a reward for ten years’ service to the club.

Southern, 31, who had surgery to remove a tumour last season, flew back from Portugal today with the rest of the Pool squad.

No-one at Bloomfield Road is officially commenting on the Southern situation, but with Isaiah Osbourne arriving from Hibernian, and competition in the midfield about to get fiercer – the club is set to offer a 26-year-old Spanish trialist a long-term deal – it seems Huddersfield fancy their chances of persuading Ian Holloway to sell.