Leeds United boss Brian McDermott has dismissed claims he is set to sell striker El Hadji Diouf in a bid to cut the club's wage bill.
McDermott is hoping to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes, with the start of the season just a few days away, although quashed rumours that the controversial forward will be sold to make way for new signings.
The former Reading manager has been ordered to reduce the club's wage bill before any new additions can be brought in to Elland Road, with Diouf reportedly earning £12,000 a week.
But despite interest from Queens Park Rangers and Qatar, the Leeds boss has no plans to cash in on him.
"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 32-year-old shot to fame in 2002 when he helped Senegal to a World Cup quarter-final, before a big-money move to Liverpool.
Diouf joined the Championship side last summer when he arrived at Leeds from Doncaster.
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