By Danny Wright
Plymouth have confirmed the signing of defensive midfielder Toumani Diagouraga just weeks after he exited Leeds United in August by mutual consent.
The League One side announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Monday that Diagouraga, 30, had decided to agree terms with them despite interest from Bristol City, Barnsley and MK Dons, as well as having a trial period with Scunthorpe.
— Plymouth Argyle FC (@Only1Argyle) October 9, 2017
Plymouth also confirmed that Diagouraga’s free transfer is yet to be formally completed as paperwork is still waiting to be processed by the relevant authorities.
Diagouraga signed for Leeds in January 2016 after six years on the books at Brentford.
Last season under the charge of Garry Monk, the French enforcer slipped so far down the pecking order at Elland Road that he wasn’t even being named on the squad sheet in the programme.
In January, he joined Ipswich on loan and made 12 appearances across all competitions, but on his return to Yorkshire, Thomas Christiansen deemed him surplus to requirements and an agreement was reached to terminate his contract in August.
Football Insider Verdict
Diagouraga should be a brilliant signing for Plymouth as he is certainly a player that could do a job in a lower-ranked Championship side. The fact that Bristol City wanted to sign him says a lot about the ex-Leeds man, who is deserving of a spot in a first-team after struggling for the last couple of years. Leeds have a lot of players at the moment after what has been a very busy summer for them. There are a number of players, even some summer signings, who are nowhere near the first-team and hopefully they don’t end up going down the route of Diagouraga. However changes in management didn’t help the Frenchman as Monk and Christiansen just didn’t seem to be fans of him.
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