Exclusive: Leeds new boy targets Premier League

Date published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 9:49

Toumani Diagouraga: In-demand Brentford midfielder

Leeds United new boy Toumani Diagouraga has told TEAMtalk.com he has set his sights on winning promotion to the Premier League after finalising his move to Elland Road.

Diagouraga has joined Leeds on a two-and-a-half year deal after the Whites had a bid, believed to be £700,000, accepted for him last Friday.

The 28-year-old, who was a target for Scottish giants Rangers and several other Championship sides during this month’s transfer window, admits his mind was made up once Leeds came calling for him.

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“I am very excited about starting a new challenge at Leeds,” Diagouraga told TEAMtalk. “They are a massive club and have a great fanbase.

“When I came up to Leeds for talks with my agent, Mike Appiason, I knew this is where I wanted to play even though there was interest from other clubs.

“It has been a long time since Leeds were in the Premier League but the whole club is set up for the Premier League and it would be a dream to help the club get back to where they belong.”

Diagouraga conceded it was a wrench to leave Brentford having been the club’s longest-serving player following his arrival from Peterborough in 2010, but feels the chance to move to Leeds was too to turn down.

“I loved my time at Brentford and the club will always have a special place in my heart,” added Diagouraga.

“The fans were great to me and I had some special times there helping them win promotion to the Championship and then reaching the play-offs last season.

“I wish everyone there well, but Leeds was just too good an opportunity to turn down and I cannot wait to get started and do my best for the club.”

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