TOUMANI AR­RIVES AS SAM DE­PARTS

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Steven Coney

LEEDS UNITED boss Steve Evans has likened new sign­ing Toumani Di­agouraga to for­mer Arse­nal mid­fielder Pa­trick Vieira – but the Whites have lost right-back Sam Byram to West Ham.

Byram, 20, signed for the Premier League Ham­mers on Wed­nes­day for an undis­closed fee thought to be in the re­gion of £3.7m.

Boss Evans re­vealed the “Sam Byram money is avail­able right now” and Leeds moved quickly to agree a fee with Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Brent­ford for Di­agouraga.

The 28-year-old mid­fielder was also wanted by Scott­tish club Glas­gow Rangers, but he has opted for El­land Road and is set to for­mally com­plete the deal on Mon­day af­ter a med­i­cal.

De­lighted Evans said: “It’s taken a lit­tle while to get there but I’m de­lighted we’ve got there. I’m grate­ful to the owner Mr Cellino who’s made this hap­pen.

“We’ve got a boy who’s 6 foot 2, we’ve got a Pa­trick Vieira-type player. He brings real qual­ity to our mid­field.

“There’s no doubt we want to add play­ers who can make a dif­fer­ence, but I can’t suc­cumb to pres­sure from the out­side.”

TAR­GET: Di­agouraga

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