Leeds United’s Toumani Diagouraga could soon be on his way out of the club, with the Yorkshire Evening Post claiming that the midfielder may find himself deemed surplus to requirements by manager Thomas Christiansen.

Last season was an underwhelming campaign for the 30-year-old who made just one single appearance for the Whites, during their 3-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on the opening day, before being sent out on loan to fellow Championship side to Ipswich for the remainder of the season towards the end of January.

Under manager Mick McCarthy, Diagouraga went on to make 12 appearances, as the Tractor Boys ended 2016/17 in 16th place, four points ahead of the relegation zone.

Leeds, meanwhile missed out on a spot in the play-offs by five points, having had a return to the Premier League in their sights for the majority of the campaign, before Garry Monk unexpectedly handed in his resignation.

His successor, Christiansen, has worked hard on strengthening his side ahead of the start of the new campaign, and the increased options in the middle of the park could signal the end of Diagouraga’s time at Elland Road.

The likes of Mateusz Klich and Vurnon Anita, brought in from FC Twente and Newcastle United, respectively, will bring quality and top-flight experience with them and are likely to be regular members of the Dane’s starting XI.

Despite having just one year remaining on his current deal, Diagouraga is unlikely to want to play a bit-part role with Leeds and may push for a move elsewhere, with a number of Championship sides likely to be interested in taking the Frenchman on board.

The Whites kick-start their new season on Sunday afternoon, when they travel to the Macron Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers and will be hoping to get off to the best possible start in their quest from promotion to the Premier League.


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