25-year-old had been nightmare to manage for Leeds over the past fortnight - report
By Harry Sykes
Souleymane Doukara had been a nightmare to manage for Leeds United before he secured a transfer from the club on Thursday, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the forward, 25, “had been hard work” for Thomas Christiansen and his staff during the two weeks that preceded his exit.
Doukara’s controversial three-year spell at Elland Road came to an end when he signed for Turkish club Osmanlispor on the same day that Leeds finalised the capture of 19-year-old Dutch striker Jay-Ray Grot.
He had been under contract until next June but had failed to feature under new manager Christiansen this season and he reached an agreement to miss Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over Newport County to tie up a transfer.
“Doukara had been hard work for the past fortnight, agitating for a transfer which Leeds granted him on Wednesday, but this was not Chris Wood in disguise,” reports the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Leeds lost a cornerstone of their team when they sold Wood to Burnley. Doukara was essentially free to go.”
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Osmanlispor have handed Doukara a two-year contract, calling time on a spell at Leeds that yielded 18 goals from 93 appearances.
The former Catania player, brought to England during the spate of signings made after Massimo Cellino’s takeover of Leeds in 2014, never firmly established himself in United’s first team and was at the centre of controversy during his stay with the club.
He served an eight-match ban in 2016 after the Football Association found him guilty of biting defender Fernando Amorebieta during a league game against Fulham and was also accused, along with five other United players, of feigning injury after withdrawing from a trip to Charlton Athletic in April 2015.
In other Leeds United transfer news, an £8million bid has been rejected for a Championship goal machine wanted by the club.