By Harry Sykes
Leeds are still trying to transfer midfield outcast Toumani Diagouraga to Rotherham despite talks failing to produce an agreement, according to a reliable journalist.
The Star claim that the two Championship clubs have been in negotiations about the 29-year-old enforcer transferring to the New York Stadium for the remainder of the campaign.
It is said that the second tier’s bottom club are hopeful a deal for the former Brentford player can be signed off by Sunday.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported on his personal Twitter account that “Diagouraga on loan to Rotherham has gone a bit cold” but there is still hope of an agreement as “Leeds are looking to get that one over the line”.
Diagouraga on loan to Rotherham has gone a bit cold in the past week but Leeds are looking to get that one over the line. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 19, 2017
With just 12 days remaining before the January window shuts, the two Championship clubs are up against the clock to push through a deal.
Diagouraga has barely had a look-in since Garry Monk replaced Steve Evans last summer and has made a single appearance for Leeds this season, back in August.
Like Luke Murphy, who joined Burton on loan earlier in the window, Diagouraga has been demoted in the midfield pecking order following the arrivals of Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Lane last summer and the emergence of academy products Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira.
Football Insider verdict:
Diagouraga has not so much been given the cold shoulder by Monk, as sent to the ice chamber with no food or water for months. For the good of his career, he needs to get a move – either on loan or permanently – before the window cut-off, or he faces the bleak prospect of four more months playing with the kids and as much chance of a first-team chance as the weakest of the club’s academy prospects.
In other Leeds news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.