Done deal: Enforcer agrees Leeds transfer after terms settled
By Alex Stevens
Toumani Diagouraga has joined Ipswich on loan from Leeds for the rest of the season, it was announced on Monday.
The midfield enforcer has settled the terms of the transfer to Mick McCarthy’s team after making just a single appearance for the Yorkshire giants in this campaign.
Leeds confirmed on their official website and Twitter account that Diagouraga would stay at Portman Road until the summer.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 23, 2017
It was reported earlier in the day that there is no option for Ipswich to buy Diagouraga permanently incorporated into the terms of the loan but neither club confirmed that was the case.
The 29-year-old midfielder has moved to Portman Road exactly a year to the day since he signed for Leeds from another Championship club, Brentford.
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Diagouraga moved to Elland Road on a two-and-a-half year contract that will still have 12 months remaining when he returns in the summer.
McCarthy told the official Ipswich website that he is an admirer of the experienced lower-league midfielder.
“He is a good footballer,” the manager said. “He is very mobile. He has got some drive about him. He played in the Brentford team that got to the Play-offs and he will be a good asset for us.
Diagouraga’s move to Ipswich will be the second Leeds midfielder transfer of the January window after they completing the permanent capture of Pablo Hernandez from Qatari club Al-Arabi a fortnight ago.
The arrivals of the likes of Hernandez, Eunan O’Kane and Liam Bridcutt last summer pushed Diagouraga down the pecking order and his only Leeds appearance of the season came in the opening-day 3-0 Championship defeat to QPR.
Football Insider verdict:
Diagouraga had no option but to find pastures new, and a switch to Ipswich is the best outcome for all parties. The midfielder has not so much been given the cold shoulder by Monk, as sent to the ice chamber with no food or water for months. He obviously calculated that another five months on the sidelines with his nose pressed against the window was a bleak prospect. For their part, Leeds have freed up some space on their wage bill to put towards some attacking reinforcements.
In other Leeds news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.