El-Hadji Diouf has been told he can look for another club this month with Leeds United’s future plans unlikely to involve him.
But manager Brian McDermott says he is not forcing Diouf out of Elland Road and will keep the Senegalese international until the end of the season if a suitable opportunity fails to present itself.
The former Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn striker has been a bit-part player in McDermott’s squad this term and has not appeared for United’s first team since early October.
His only involvement in a matchday squad since then came when McDermott named him as a substitute for Leeds’ 0-0 Championship home derby draw with Barnsley before Christmas, before being left out of the squad again.
Diouf, pictured left, is out of contract in June and has little prospect of receiving an extension to his deal.
He and McDermott spoke about his options earlier this week and McDermott said: “I told him I’m trying to build something here.
“If there’s an opportunity that’s right for him, then yes (he can go).
“But if not then he’s here.”