Championship manager talks of interest in Leeds midfielder
By Harvey Byrne
Rotherham manager Paul Warne has shared that Leeds midfielder Toumani Diagouraga is a player he’d be interested in.
The 29-year-old midfield enforcer has featured just once for the Yorkshire giants this campaign, which came in the opening day 3-0 defeat against QPR.
He was brought to the club under former boss Steve Evans, but Garry Monk spoke earlier in the week stating that he hopes Diagouraga secures a transfer this window.
Now, speaking on Thursday, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of BBC Sport editor Andy Giddings, Warne has revealed he would be interested in the midfield man
#rufc boss PW says Toumani Diagouraga is a player he'd be interested in.
— Andy Giddings (@Gids1980) January 12, 2017
Diagouraga has been at the club for just one-year after joining from Championship rivals Brentford in the previous transfer window.
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He still has 18 months left on his current contract, but it has become clear that his time at the Yorkshire club is nearing it’s end under Monk.
The midfielder is well down the club’s pecking order after the emergence of Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips this season, while Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane also joined in the summer.
He may see more game time at Rotherham, who look destined for League One with 12 points currently separating them from the safety zone as they prop up the rest of the league in 24th.
Football Insider verdict:
Diagouraga’s days at Leeds are well and truly numbered under Monk with the player not even given a chance in the cup competitions. However, he has shown in the Championship with both Brentford and the Whites that he is too good to drop down to League One at this stage in his career. Rotherham currently look like they need a miracle to stay in the second tier this season and Diagouraga is not the player to save them. However, he is much better than a club of the Millers’ standards and he should wait to see if any other clubs are interested.
In other Leeds transfer news, Radrizzani is to hold face-to-face talks with key figure on Thursday.