Leeds are closing in on a deal for Toumani Diagouraga of Brentford.
Sky Sports have confirmed that Diagouraga is holding talks with Leeds, having seen a bid from the Yorkshire club accepted by Brentford.
A deal to take the 28-year-old midfielder to Elland Road looks close, and his signing is expected.
The Frenchman is an all-action midfielder, able to defend just as well as he can attack, and his boundless energy levels make him perfect for the modern game. He is the epitome of a modern day player, and Leeds’ midfield will immediately improve with him in.
With such a player arriving at Leeds, it is clear that Steve Evans has doubted the ability of his current midfielders, and there is one player who looks as if his Leeds career will be over following Diagouraga’s signing.
Tom Adeyemi was signed on loan from Cardiff in the summer, when Uwe Rosler was head coach, but Evans has not taken a liking to the 24-year-old.
He has featured in just one of the last six games, and his absence has not been that heavily felt.
A very similar player to Diagouraga, Adeyemi is a less talented version of the Frenchman, and there is no way Evans would want to include both players in the same midfield.
Adeyemi played well when paired with Liam Bridcutt, but that partnership still prevented the presence of an out and out playmaking midfielder.
With Diagouraga an upgrade on Adeyemi, he can play alongside Bridcutt, allowing Evans to name a number 10 who has no need to defend - knowing the players behind him will do a job.
Digouraga’s arrival may have fans fearing that Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt could be on their way out of Elland Road, but the Frenchman is not a natural replacement for either of that duo, and their futures look secured in Yorkshire.
Adeyemi has impressed at times with Leeds, but when Diagouraga is confirmed as a Whites’ player, it would not be a surprise to see the Cardiff loanee's career at Elland Road end.