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Toumani Diagouraga explains how he reacted to Leeds United transfer interest

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Leeds have confirmed the signing of Toumani Diagouraga from Brentford.

Speaking to the official Leeds United website, Toumani Diagouraga has explained how he reacted when he heard that the Whites wanted to sign him this month.

Diagouraga said: “Once I was aware Leeds were interested and a bid had been accepted, I came straight up here and made it happen. It was a difficult decision to leave Brentford but I felt the time was right for me to take on a new challenge. It’s a massive club with a massive fan base. It’s a club that belongs in the Premier League and one that should really be fighting for promotion.”

Diagouraga has admitted that as soon as he heard Leeds wanted to sign him, he pushed through a move by heading to Yorkshire as soon as possible.

The interest was first reported last week, and a deal was said to be agreed by Friday, although it was not officially confirmed until this week.

Diagouraga arrives at Leeds with a reputation as an underrated star, having been a key part of Brentford’s recent impressive sides.

He is the archetype of the modern-day midfielder, possessing energy to get up and down the pitch, and a technical proficiency with the ball at his feet. He is adept at playing in both a defensive and attacking role, and he offers Steve Evans the ability to change his system around with the Frenchman central to the side.

Evans can now name a 4-2-3-1 with an actual double-pivot rather than a makeshift selection, or he can use a 4-3-3 with Diagouraga acting as the box-to-box presence in midfield, alongside the more defensive Liam Bridcutt.

Diagouraga looks to be a perfect signing for Leeds, and he sounds extremely excited to be linking up with the biggest club in the Championship - and one of the biggest teams in all of English football.

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