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Forward Diouf could be set for exit from Championship club

El-Hadji Diouf’s Leeds United career could be about to come to an end after manager Brian McDermott revealed he would be prepared to let the forward leave if the right offer is received.

Diouf joined Leeds in August 2012 and was expected to be a success, but has largely fallen out of favour at Elland Road, with his substitute appearance against Leicester City on Saturday his first game since October.

He has six months left on his contract, but McDermott has made it clear that Diouf can leave this month if a suitable offer is made. The manager said:

“I told him I’m trying to build something here. If there’s an opportunity that’s right for him then, yes, he can go. But if not, then he’s here.”

There had been reports during the summer that McDermott was ready to let Diouf leave the club as he completed an overhaul of the squad. However, no such move materialised, despite reported interest from Harry Redknapp at QPR.

A move to France could be on the cards. The forward has previously stated his desire to finish his career in Ligue 1. Diouf played for Socheaux, Rennes and Lens before his move to English football. In December, he said:

“Sometimes I think about a return to France. A club like Lens will forever be in my heart.”

His career in England has been dogged by inconsistency and controversy since he arrived at Gerard Houllier’s Liverpool in the summer of 2002, after starring at the World Cup.

After falling out of favour at Anfield, the Senegal international went on to play for Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, Glasgow Rangers and Doncaster Rovers, but never made a sustained impact.

In May 2013, he made the headlines with reports that he was beaten up after a row with a gang of youths in a Senegal nightspot.

And now it seems like his tumultuous time in the UK could be coming to an end.

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