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McDermott: Diouf free to go

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott would be prepared to let El-Hadji Diouf leave if a suitable offer is put forward.

The 33-year-old forward has fallen out of favour at Elland Road and has been limited to sporadic first team appearances this season.

He was introduced off the bench in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Leicester City, but that was his first outing since early October.

Diouf was drafted in by Leeds as an experienced head who could aid their quest for a Premier League return.

He has been a useful asset, but McDermott is now looking to take the Whites in a different direction.

Diouf still has six months left to run on his current contract, but Leeds will not stand in his way if the opportunity to leave in January presents itself.

McDermott said: "I told him I'm trying to build something here.

"If there's an opportunity that's right for him then, yes, he can go. But if not, then he's here."