Club not selling controversial striker to ease finances.
Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has insisted that controversial striker Ej Hadji Diouf will not be sold this summer in order to ease the club’s financial difficulties, Sky Sports reports.
The former Reading boss is currently in the throes of strengthening his squad ahead of a renewed challenge to return to the Premier League, but has insisted that he has to slash the wage bill at the club before he can make the kind of transactions that he really wants, and needs.
But with Diouf earning a reported £12,000 a week at Elland Road, his name has been the obvious choice for the chopping block to make way for other areas of the side to be built up, however, McDermott has moved to deny that there is any truth in the rumours.
“Whatever suggestions there are about him didn’t come from me,” McDermott told The Sun.
“All I know is he’s got to get himself training and get fit.
“He hasn’t trained yet. He got himself injured then got a nasty infection, but he’s desperate to get back.”
The former Senegalese international is heading into the final 18 months of his current deal and has been attracting interest from fellow Championship side QPR as well as several clubs in Qatar.
The 32-year-old joined Leeds last summer after a short and unsuccessful spell at Doncaster Rovers, and he went on to make 44 appearances for United, scoring six goals.