Could ex-Leeds man Toumani Diagouraga help Whites land January target Josh Vela?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Former Leeds United midfielder Toumani Diagouraga could be on the move in January, and that may perhaps help the Whites.

Toumani Diagouraga of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 8, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.

When Toumani Diagouraga joined Leeds during Steve Evans' tenure, it seemed a smart move for the Whites with the Frenchman a consistent performer at Championship level - though many accepted that the midfielder was unlikely to be the kind of marquee addition that would inspire the side into the play-off picture on his own.

Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, his spell at Elland Road did not exactly capture the imagination, with Diagouraga featuring once for the club following Garry Monk's appointment in the summer of 2016. He spent the latter stages of his spell with the Whites on loan with Ipswich Town before departing in the summer and ending up at Home Park.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

But perhaps Diagouraga may be about to hand his old side a boost in the January transfer market as he considers his next move.

According to HITC Sport, Diagouraga could be on the move next month with his contract at Plymouth set to expire and the likes of Shrewsbury, Portsmouth and Bolton all interested in signing the midfielder.

Josh Vela of Bolton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers at Deepdale on November 17, 2017 in Preston, England.

Should he join the latter, perhaps it would not be out of the question to suggest that that may just boost Leeds' chances of landing one of their reported transfer targets.

According to a report from the Daily Mail earlier this month, Thomas Christiansen's men are amongst the host of sides interested in Trotters midfielder Josh Vela, who, with 18 months left on his contract, could be sold to take some of the pressure off Bolton's financial problems.

As good as Vela has been, the Bolton hierarchy may perhaps feel that selling him for a fee and replacing him with Diagouraga may be a smart piece of business if it ends up happening, and thus, may be more willing to listen to offers for the 23-year-old.

So perhaps if Diagouraga heads to the Macron Stadium and Leeds end up winning the race for Vela off the back of that, the Whites will have one of their former midfielders to partially thank for paving the way for a deal to happen.

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