Time for Rangers to raid Leeds United for Warburton favourite Toumani Diagouraga

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga applauds fans

Leeds beat Rangers to Toumani Diagouraga earlier this year, now he is up for sale.

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

Leeds United swooped back in January to beat Rangers to the signature of midfield ace Toumani Diagouraga.

The Daily Record reported interest from the Gers, with manager Mark Warburton a big fan of the player he managed at Brentford.

Now with Diagouraga available for transfer, the time could be right for Rangers to hit back and get their man.

HITC Sport understands Diagouraga is one of two players along with Luke Murphy who Leeds have told can leave the club.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga comes on as a substituteLeeds United's Toumani Diagouraga comes on as a substitute

Diagouraga was signed by former Leeds boss Steve Evans, his only permanent signing, but new boss Garry Monk has not been won over.

The midfielder started the club's first game of the season, but this ended disastrously, a 3-0 away loss to QPR in which he did not win a single tackle.

He was subsequently dropped, with Monk preferring untested 20-year-old midfielder Kalvin Phillips instead.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga looks dejected at the end of matchLeeds United's Toumani Diagouraga looks dejected at the end of match

Having been told he can leave Leeds, Diagouraga may jump at the chance to sign for Rangers if it is presented to him, realising the mistake made in snubbing them the first time.

Rangers have subsequently added new faces in midfield, signing Joey Barton, and young talent Jordan Rossiter, but Diagouraga would add further strength to a side which needs to make a rapid adjustment if they are to suddenly become title contenders in their first season back in the top flight.

Having missed out on Diagouraga earlier this year, Rangers now have a second chance, and would be wise to take it.

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