Date: 9th March 2017 at 7:29pm
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COMMENT By Harry Sykes

Leeds have a settled squad as they continue their promotion charge with their 37th match of the Championship campaign at home to QPR on Saturday.

But there will be a natural turnover of the playing staff in the summer regardless of whether manager Garry Monk agrees an extension to his contract.

Here, Football Insider analyses the three most likely players to leave Elland Road in the next transfer window:

Marco Silvestri

The goalkeeper has a contract that runs until the summer of 2018 but it is hard to envisage him willing to play second fiddle to Rob Green for another season. The former Leeds No1 has been forced to settle for cup action only, with Championship ever-present Green starting all 36 of the team’s league encounters. Aged 26 and approaching his peak years, former Italy Under-21 international Silvestri will almost be certainly pushing hard for a summer move.

Luke Murphy

Blackballed by Monk virtually from day one, it was made clear to the central midfielder that he did not fit into the manager’s plans. Quite how low Murphy had slipped down the pecking order became clear in December when options were so thin on the ground that Monk opted to start playmakers Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe in central midfield rather than the man who was a regular under Steve Evans last season. Loaned out to Burton in the January window, Murphy has been a regular starter and a move away from Leeds in the summer seems the only conceivable option, even though his contract runs until 2019.

Toumani Diagouraga

Like Murphy, the experienced midfield enforcer found to his cost how a career can be turned on its head by the change of the man calling the shots from the dugout. Bought from Brentford in January of last year for £650,000, the 29-year-old was surplus to requirements half a year later. One wretched performance in the season opener was enough for Monk to make up his mind, place his faith in Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips, and effectively force Diagouraga out. The Frenchman joined Ipswich on loan in January and, although he has a contract at Leeds that runs until the summer of 2018, appears destined for a summer exit.

In other Leeds news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.

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