Date:Tuesday May 1 2012
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock remains tight lipped on the prospect of a move for controversial player El Hadji Diouf.
Reports last week suggested that Diouf was in talks with Leeds about a deal to take him to Elland Road but Warnock says you will have to wait and see who he brings in as he looks to rebuild the Leeds squad in the summer.
Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Warnock said, "I will not make comments one way or the other about new signings. I cannot win because if I do not say anything the media will make it up anyway.
"You will have to wait and see who I am going to sign and who will be on my list.
"With players like Diouf. When you have his type of quality, you are going to get discrepancies in his make-up.
"I believe everybody deserves a second chance. I absolutely slaughtered El Hadji Diouf and I am not saying I am going to sign him."
The Leeds fans response to the news has generally been negative, something he said he has seen before when he contemplated signing Marlon King in the past.
Warnock also stated that West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had the same problems with the response of the fans when he was linked with the striker in the summer. Allardyce worked with Diouf previously at Bolton Wanderers and he believes had he have taken Diouf they would have already have been promoted and not facing the lottery of the play offs. "I had the same situation when I thought about signing Marlon King. I think when the players have served their time like Marlon did then I think you have to give somebody the opportunity.
"I have spoken to Sam Allardyce about El Hadji Diouf. He has told me you will never get a nicer person who trains as hard as he does. He says he just flips at times. The red mist comes down, somebody upsets him and he responds the way he does.
"Sam had two or three great years out of him at Bolton and he swears by him. The West Ham fans did not want him when he took over them in the summer and was linked with him. I spoke to Sam when we played them in March and he said then, if they had him in the side they would have gone straight up with the amount of pace he would have offered them,"added Warnock.
Diouf is currently contracted to Doncaster Rovers but he has a release clause in his contract, which allows him to talk to other clubs following their relegation from the championship. Warnock says the Leeds fans will just have to wait and see whom he brings in during the summer but whoever it is, he wants the fans to be fully behind them when the season kicks off in August.
Warnock continued "I would never say never because it wouldn`t worry me as much as it would worry the fans. If I were manager at 70 of the 92 clubs there would still be emails telling me about people like El Hadji Diouf and others as to why I cannot sign them.
"I think you will just have to wait and see who comes on board and the fans will just have to give the whole squad a chance at the start of the season.
"He will be available on a Bosman free contract in the summer but whether I take him you will have to wait and see."
The Senegal international, who has twice been named African footballer of has never been too far away from controversy.
On a number of occasions, he has been involved in spitting incidents. He was banned for two games by UEFA after being found guilty of spitting at Celtic fans during his time at Liverpool in a UEFA Cup clash.
He was also charged by the Police for spitting in the face of a young Middlesbrough fan during his time with Bolton.
Also during his time with Bolton, he was fined two weeks wages and suspended for two games by the FA after spitting in the face of Portsmouth defender Arjan De Zeeuw.
Whilst with Glasgow Rangers he was sent off in the old firm derby with Celtic that saw him involved in an altercation with Celtic manager Neil Lennon as well as the referee. The Scottish FA fined Diouf for the incident.
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