Leeds ready to let Diagouraga and Murphy leave

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

HITC Sport understands Leeds United have made duo available for transfer.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga applauds fansLeeds United's Toumani Diagouraga applauds fans

Leeds United have informed midfield duo Toumani Diagouraga and Luke Murphy that they can leave the club, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Leeds boss Garry Monk has told Diagouraga and Murphy that they do not figure in his plans at Elland Road and that he is ready to let them move on following the arrival of Liam Bridcutt on a permanent deal from Sunderland following his successful spell on loan last season.

Leeds' Toumani Diagouraga in action with Birmingham's David DavisLeeds' Toumani Diagouraga in action with Birmingham's David Davis

Diagouraga was brought to Leeds in January by former Whites boss Steve Evans from Brentford and the midfielder made an instant impression at Elland Road.

The Frenchman scored three goals in 19 appearances for Leeds last term to help steer them clear of trouble at the wrong end of the Championship table.

Diagouraga started in Leeds' opening Championship defeat to Queens Park Rangers, but he has not featured in the club's last three games.

Luke Murphy of Leeds United (R) and Aron Gunnarsson of Cardiff City in actionLuke Murphy of Leeds United (R) and Aron Gunnarsson of Cardiff City in action

Murphy, who joined Leeds from Crewe three years ago, made made 38 appearances for Leeds in all competitions last season, but he has seen his progress hampered by injuries.

The 26-year-old has not featured for Leeds so far this season and it looks unlikely he will be given a chance by Monk this term.

Monk believes he has enough options and cover in midfield to allow Diagouraga and Murphy to leave before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

News of Diagouraga and Murphy's availability is sure to alert a number of clubs in the Championship with Leeds ready to let the pair move on.

Burnley's Joey Barton is fouled by Leeds United's Luke MurphyBurnley's Joey Barton is fouled by Leeds United's Luke Murphy

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