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Leeds United: Come and get me, says Diouf

El-Hadji Diouf shoots at goal against Derby County.

El-Hadji Diouf shoots at goal against Derby County.

  • by Leon Wobschall
 

The clock is ticking regarding the future of El-Hadji Diouf – with his representative still awaiting contact from Leeds United regarding their next move.

United are keen for the 31-year-old, who has proved a huge success at Elland Road, to agree fresh terms at the club, with his current short-term deal expiring next month.

But a deal is yet to be agreed with the ball firmly in the court of United, who saw an initial offer to the former Senegalese international rebuffed at the end of October, according to his agent, Willie McKay.

Diouf, who is currently earning £5,000 a week, having linked up with the club on a half-season deal in September, wants to extend his stint with the club.

He is understood to be seeking a deal in line with United’s higher earners, with McKay confirming there remains plenty of rival interest in the former Liverpool forward, with two Premier League clubs still keen on taking him in the January window – along with several Championship clubs.

McKay is waiting for Leeds to get back in touch with him and wants renewed talks in a bid to resolve the future of Diouf, who turned down more lucrative offers from the Middle East to join United, before the new year.

Securing the future of Diouf is one of several pieces of key transfer business that boss Neil Warnock is desperate to push through at the start of January, with a permanent move to bring in Michael Tonge from Stoke City also high on his priority list.

Warnock also wants to bolster his squad with several other signings and is expected to hold transfer talks with board member David Haigh, due to attend Saturday’s home encounter with Ipswich, at the end of this week.

United have confirmed that GFH Capital executives Hisham Alrayes and Salem Patel, who will become club directors upon completion of the takeover later this month, have received Football League approval to join the board having satisfied the requirements of the ‘Owners and Directors’ test.

Haigh, who joined the board last month, was also approved by the Football League before taking up his role as a director.

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