Steve Evans admits he wanted Toumani Diagouraga to join Leeds United back in November

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Leeds United did manage to eventually get a deal over the line for Toumani Diagouraga, as they signed him from Brentford in the January transfer window.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he tried to sign Toumani Diagouraga from Brentford way back in November.

Diagouraga joined Leeds in the January transfer window, but the central midfielder had been on Evans’ radar for a considerable amount of time.

The 53-year-old manager had tried to bring in Diagouraga at the same time as he signed Liam Bridcutt on loan from Sunderland, but failed in his attempts.

“He’s come to play a big part and I took great care when I listed him and Bridcutt as two players I wanted,” Evans said. “It can take time to get the right players because we have to be prudent. I wanted Toumani at the same time as Liam but it couldn’t be done.”

Diagouraga was Leeds’ only permanent signing of the January transfer window, despite them raising a large amount of funds for Sam Byram.

The 28-year-old is Evans’ third signing at Leeds, following the additions of the aforementioned Bridcutt and Mustapha Carayol on loan.

Diagouraga has made a good start to his Leeds career, after opening his goalscoring account for the Yorkshire side in their 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Diagouraga’s next chance to impress in a Leeds shirt will come at the weekend, when Evans’ men take on Nottingham Forest in Championship action.

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