By Danny Wright
Thomas Christiansen has confirmed that striker Souleymane Doukara is close to leaving Leeds after he was left out of the squad that beat Newport County in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
Doukara, 25, is yet to feature for the Whites this season while last term saw him start just 17 fixtures in the Championship.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Barnsley are interested in the former Catania forward, as well as teams from Italy and Turkey and also quoted Leeds boss Christiansen as saying “we reached an agreement” with the player, suggesting that he is on the verge of leaving.
Doukara signed for Leeds in 2014 after spending most of his career in Italy with Catania, Vibonese and Juve Stabia.
He has scored just 18 goals in 93 appearances across all competitions during his three years at Elland Road and last season saw him play second fiddle to star striker Chris Wood, who has recently left for Burnley.
Caleb Ekuban would be the only natural striker left on the books at Leeds should Doukara leave after Marcus Antonsson also left earlier this summer to join Blackburn on loan.
Football Insider Verdict
Doukara has never really emerged as a reliable source of goals in his spell at Elland Road and it’s only natural that he is finally shifted on. Even in the absence of Wood last season, the Senegalese striker failed to show enough goal scoring tenacity to keep his place in the squad. Ekuban looks a good prospect for the Whites but they need to get in someone else to lead the line now that they have pocketed £15million from the sale of Wood. It’s bound to be a busy week and a half for Christiansen and owner Andrea Radrizzani, who have already overhauled the Leeds squad this summer.