Toumani Diagouraga is on the verge of joining Leeds

By Alex Stevens

Toumani Diagouraga will undergo a Leeds medical over the weekend after reaching an agreement in principle over a contract with the club, Football Insider sources understand.

Leeds had a bid for the midfielder accepted by Brentford and he was given the green light to discuss terms with the club at Elland Road on Friday.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Diagouraga, 28, has agreed a contract that will run until the summer of 2018.

The Championship club are confident they have beaten Rangers to the signature of the Frenchman, who was targeted by the Scottish club’s manager and ex-Brentford boss Mark Warburton.

Speaking on Friday, manager Steve Evans said: “I think it was a big decision for the kid. I was obviously aware of Rangers’ interest. The boy had a big decision make. But obviously you only get to speak to a player if clubs agree a fee.

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“We agreed a fee, so that’s why we could speak to him. It’s taken a little while to get there but I’m delighted we’ve got there. I’m grateful to the owner Mr Cellino who’s made this happen.

Steve Evans is hoping to sign a new player for Leeds by next week
Target man: Leeds boss Evans has tied up a deal for Diagouraga

“I wanted to build. I thought we wouldn’t get there so I was pleased to get it over the line. He was up there with my top targets.”

Diagouraga has not been registered in time to play for Leeds in their Championship clash against Bristol City on Saturday.

He is set to make his first appearance for the Yorkshire club when they travel to Brentford next Tuesday.