By Dominic Toner
Leeds midfielder Toumani Diagouraga is set to join Ipswich on Monday, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported on his personal Twitter account that “Diagouraga is expected to join Ipswich Town on loan to the end of the season”.
He also revealed that the deal is set to be finalised on Monday and the 29-year-old will join the Championship side for the rest of the campaign.
Toumani Diagouraga expected to join Ipswich Town on loan to the end of the season. Deal due to be finalised on Monday. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 21, 2017
The Star claim that Leeds have been in negotiations with Rotherham about sending Diagouraga on loan to the New York Stadium until the end of the season.
However, those talks appear to have stalled and Ipswich have emerged as the most likely suitors for the out-of-favour midfielder.
Diagouraga has fallen down the pecking order under Garry Monk this season and featured just once in the club’s fight for promotion.
He has made 20 appearances since he joined in 2016 from Brentford, but has been unable to impress Monk.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds should allow Diagouraga to complete his loan move away from Elland Road as he has been unable to force his way into the first-team this season. The combative midfielder has made just one senior appearance this campaign in the opening game defeat to QPR and has been frozen out of Garry Monk’s match day squad since. He will benefit from a loan spell away and will be able to compete for a starting place at mid-table side Ipswich. Leeds are currently vying for promotion to the Premier League and Diagouraga has no chance of forcing his way back into contention. The Whites currently have several quality central midfielders competing for a starting spot, including the likes of Liam Bridcutt, Eunan O’Kane and Ronaldo Vieira.
In other Leeds transfer news, a mega-rich Chinese side have turned their attention to the club’s 25-year-old.