By Alex Stevens
Leeds are expected to seal the exit of Toumani Diagouraga to Ipswich on Monday but have made little progress in their pursuit of attacking duo Ashley Fletcher and Sergi Canos, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim midfield enforcer Diagouraga will join Championship rivals Ipswich on loan for the remainder of the season, with the deal to go through in the next 24 hours.
Manager Garry Monk has given the green light for the 29-year-old to join Mick McCarthy’s team just 12 months after his permanent transfer from Brentford.
But Leeds have made little progress in their attempt to bolster their promotion-challenging squad in the final eight days of the January window.
Monk has made it clear his priority is attacking reinforcements, with a new striker “definitely” on the agenda as cover is sought for leading scorer Chris Wood, who took his tally for the season to 19 with his double in the 3-2 defeat to Barnsley on Saturday.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Leeds are still working on deals to sign West Ham striker Fletcher and Norwich winger Canos.
It is said “Monk is known to be keen” on the pair “but neither move is close to materialising”.
Norwich have placed a £2.5million valuation on Canos, who joined from Liverpool last summer, but Leeds are unwilling to meet the asking price for a player who has been frozen out of the first team by manager Alex Neil.
Fletcher is still in the thoughts of West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, mainly due to the club’s difficulties in wrapping up a new striker signing.
The 21-year-old was on the bench on Saturday for their 3-1 Premier League win at Middlesbrough but his 16 senior appearances this season have predominantly been as a substitute.
Football Insider verdict:
It appears that Leeds are waiting for the striker domino effect to begin before being able to push through the signing of Fletcher. For the deal to happen, West Ham must first bolster their own striker ranks as they attempt to tie up the signing of Scott Hogan from Brentford. That transfer is reportedly close, which will then allow West Ham to green light the exit of Fletcher, who has been on the fringes of Slaven Bilic’s side this season. Leeds must be patient, and the signs are increasing that their pursuit of Fletcher could go down to the wire.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.