By Will Butcher
Toumani Diagouraga will return to Leeds in the summer as there is no permanent clause in his Ipswich loan deal, according to a reliable journalist.
The 29-year-old is expected to complete a loan switch to Mick McCarthy’s side on Monday, after being ostracised by manager Garry Monk this season.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account that he will return to Elland Road at the end of the deal with no loan-to-buy agreement in place.
Toumani Diagouraga expected to join Ipswich on loan to end of season later today. No option to buy at this stage, just a straight loan #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 23, 2017
Diagouraga has featured just once all season for the Yorkshire giants, flopping in Leeds first game under Monk which saw them comfortably beaten 3-0 by Queens Park Rangers.
Since then, the former Brentford midfielder has been forced to play for Jason Blunt’s reserve side along with the likes of Luke Murphy and Ross Turnbull.
Now, Diagouraga is set to join Murphy in leaving on loan this month, after the former Crewe ace joined Championship side Burton Albion on a temporary basis.
The midfielder has scored three goals in 20 league and cup outings but is behind the likes of Liam Bridcutt, Eunan O’Kane, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips in the pecking order at Leeds.
Football Insider verdict:
With no permanent clause inserted into the deal, there could still be hope for Diagouraga at Leeds as Monk may be willing to take note of the former Paris Saint-Germain youth player’s performances at Portman Road. If the former Swansea boss is impressed, then he could look to keep the midfield powerhouse in Yorkshire with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2018. Giving him six months to reignite his career under McCarthy could see Diagouraga thrive in the blue of Ipswich, and provide Monk with another midfield option for the 2017-18 campaign. However, the Frenchman must do all he can with plenty of competition ahead of him at Leeds.
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