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Leeds United bring in French midfielder

Toumani Diagouraga has moved north. Credit: PA

Leeds United have completed the signing of midfielder Toumani Diagouraga from Brentford, the Yorkshire club have confirmed.

Frenchman Diagouraga has penned a two-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road.

Once I was aware Leeds were interested and a bid had been accepted, I came straight up here and made it happen.

It was a difficult decision to leave Brentford but I felt the time was right for me to take on a new challenge.

It’s a massive club with a massive fan base. It’s a club that belongs in the Premier League and one that should really be fighting for promotion.

– Toumani Diagouraga

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Sunderland midfielder aiming for Leeds stay

Liam Bridcutt has played eight times for Leeds. Credit: PA

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt is keen on extending his loan spell at Championship side Leeds.

The former Brighton man has made eight appearances for the Yorkshire outfit since joining them in November and believes he's best served staynig put.

Saturday was officially my last game but we're in the middle of sorting it out now. I'm hoping to extend it until the end of the season.

I want to extend it and Leeds want me here. It's just waiting on Sunderland now.

For now, I think it would be an extension of the loan until the end of the season, but I'd be happy for a permanent move. I think it's about time for me to move on from Sunderland now and I'm ready for a new challenge.

The manager has shown me some great respect and he's given me some great opportunities to come in and do what I love doing.

– Liam Bridcutt

Leeds United allow Sky Sports to broadcast Derby game

Leeds' Championship clash with Derby will be televised as planned after the club "reluctantly" allowed Sky Sports' cameras into Elland Road.

United president Massimo Cellino had intended to ban Sky from broadcasting the game in a bid to make a point about the amount of times his club have been televised this season.

Sky staff were unable to enter Elland Road on Monday, as is customary on the eve of a game, and as of 2.30pm on Tuesday, the Italian had not relaxed his position with Sky's crew and Football League executive Shaun Harvey waiting in a car park.

However, just before 3pm, Cellino - currently in Miami - relented, and allowed Sky in, although he signed off on a club statement which voiced unhappiness at the situation.

"The Football League regulations are supposed to be there to protect the integrity of the sporting competition, not to be used as a stick to beat the club on behalf of Sky," it read.

"Leeds United season ticket holders have had enough of these fixture changes, the players and staff have had enough, and Leeds United Football Club has had enough.

"It is to be noted that the League threaten a disrepute charge against the club. It is the League who are bringing their own competition into disrepute by unfairly prejudicing Leeds (and certain other clubs) by allowing Sky to unfairly disrupt Leeds United for their own commercial purposes."

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