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Diagouraga wants to join Ipswich on permanent deal

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Leeds United player Toumani Diagouraga wants to join Ipswich on a permanent transfer, according to a report.

Ipswich fans’ site Independent Ipswich Town cite the central midfielder, 29, as making the revelation at Ipswich’s player of the year evening on Saturday night.

It is said that Diagouraga, who joined the East Anglia club on loan in the January transfer window, said he would be interested in joining the club on a permanent basis in the summer.

Speaking last week, manager Mick McCarthy said he would speak to loan players such as Diagouraga and Emyr Huws about their futures after the final game of the season.

However, Diagouraga took to his personal Twitter account on Wednesday to explain that his loan spell has ended prematurely due to injury and that he “would like to thank everyone related to Ipswich town for making me feel at home”.

The Frenchman did not give any update about his personal situation other than to state he will be headed back to parent club Leeds to work on his rehabilitation.

Diagouraga joined Ipswich in the winter window after being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Garry Monk at Leeds, where he had struggled for game time in the opening half of the season.

By contrast, he has been a regular under McCarthy for the Tractor Boys and has started 10 of the 12 Championship matches he has played for the club.

Diagouraga was signed by Leeds from Brentford in January 2016 on a two-and-a-half year contract that runs until the summer of 2018.

His future is likely to be in considerable doubt while Monk remains as manager of the Yorkshire giants.

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