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Liverpool flop poised for new Leeds contract talks

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Diouf hopes to pen new Leeds deal. (©GettyImages)
Diouf hopes to pen new Leeds deal. (©GettyImages).

El Hadji Diouf is set to open talks over a new Leeds United contract later in the week.

The Senegalese international, who first moved to England a decade ago with Liverpool, has been a revelation at Elland Road this season after signing a short-term contract under Neil Warnock.

With that deal set to expire in January, the former Sheffield United boss is eager to tie down the 31-year-old to a new contract in Yorkshire, and agent Willie McKay told SkySports his client would be more than happy to sign-on with the Whites.

"I am meeting Neil Warnock to discuss a new deal for El Hadji as his current contract expires in January," McKay told skysports.com.

"I believe El Hadji has shown he is the best player in the Championship and the interest in him has been amazing. I have been contacted by two Premier League clubs who have asked about his situation in January.

"I know El Hadji wants to stay at Leeds and as he loves it there and wants to help them get promotion."

Gerard Houllier spent £10 million on bringing Diouf to Anfield in 2002 after the player impressed at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

However, the switch from Lens to Liverpool backfired for the Reds, with Diouf going an entire season without scoring in any competitions before being loaned to Bolton.

Liverpool subsequently sold Diouf to the Trotters for a loss, before spells at Sunderland, Blackburn, Rangers on loan and then Doncaster.

Without a club in the summer, Diouf has sparked a surprise relationship with Warnock at Leeds United, and has scored three goals in eight Npower Championship so far this season.

"El Hadji is happy to sign a long-term contract for two or three years, but the terms have to be right," McKay concluded.

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