By Will Butcher

Garry Monk is ready to wave goodbye to Leeds outcasts Luke Murphy, Toumani Diagouraga and Ross Turnbull this month, according to a reliable journalist.

The former Swansea boss spoke after Leeds’ emphatic 3-0 win over Rotherham at Elland Road, which saw the Yorkshire giants rise to third in the Championship table.

Monk told media that he would not be willing to sell any of his first-team stars in January, despite interest in left-back Charlie Taylor.

However, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay reminded fans on his personal Twitter account that Monk’s comments do not include the ostracised trio.

Midfielders Murphy and Diagouraga have made just one appearance each this season for Monk’s side, after plummeting down the pecking order at Elland Road.

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Summer signings Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane remain Monk’s first choice, while youngsters Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira have starred for the Yorkshire giants.

Goalkeeper Turnbull, who has a Champions League medal to his name, could be considered Leeds’ fourth-choice goalkeeper as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

The ex-Chelsea ace is behind Marco Silvestri and number one Rob Green, while Bailey Peacock-Farrell would challenge Turnbull if Leeds were force to rely on the lower depths of their goalkeeping options.

However, with the January transfer window now in full swing, Monk could sanction a deal for these three stars as the 37-year-old boss looks to cut them off the wage bill.

In other Leeds transfer news, another journalist gave an update on West Brom’s pursuit of Charlie Taylor.