Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan shares his doubts on Toumani Diagouraga signature

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The Brentford player should join Leeds next week.

Yesterday saw Leeds United leapfrog Rangers in the hunt for Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga.

The Frenchman seems to be on his way to the club, with an announcement expected early next week.

His signing has however come as something of a surprise. Leeds need to improve plenty of positions this month but central midfield was probably not one of them.

Lewis Cok, Alex Mowatt, Luke Murphy, Liam Bridcutt, Tom Adeyemi and Kalvin Phillips all cover those positions - so bringing in Diagouraga seems to be an odd call from the Leeds management.

It is certainly not a deal that has Noel Whelan over the moon. The former Leeds striker was speaking on his BBC Radio Leeds show last night and stated:

"Out of the blue for me. Not sure whether that's what we actually need right now but Steve's trying to recruit and he's obviously one player that's in his mind that he'd like to have on board so.

"I watched him last week. But do we need another defensive midfielder?

"I wasn't jumping out of my seat to be honest with you. I want something more from a player. Look,I have only seen him one and I would be very harsh to criticise a player having only seen him once on TV."

He did however go on to suggest that Diagouraga might have been brought in for the long-term - considering two of those players are only on loan:

"They've got Bridcutt and Adeyemi but (the're loans). This is a permanent signing, they are looking at the future and beyond.

"We're needing a centre-half and a centre-forward. A hungry centre-forward, a real fox in the box. But, we've signed a defensive midfielder."

The deal would certainly add some more steel to the Leeds midfield but is perhaps not the most awe inspiring of signatures that Leeds might have made this month.

Hopefully he can prove himself an excellent buy, or more questions will be asked about his signature in the ensuing months.

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