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TOUMANI DIAGOURAGA SIGNS

2 January 2020

MORECAMBE boss Derek Adams has made his first signing since taking over at the Shrimps.

Adams has signed experienced midfielder Toumani Diagouraga on a deal until the end of the season. 

The 32-year-old former Paris St-Germain trainee whose last club was Swindon Town has joined until the end of the season and will be reunited with Adams after being a part of his side at Plymouth Argyle. 

The defensive-midfielder was born in Paris and started his career at Paris Saint-Germain before being scouted and joining Watford’s Academy, where he signed a professional contract in November 2004.

After making his first team debut in the Hornets’ 2-1 League Cup win against Wolves in September 2005, he spent two short loan spells at Swindon Town and Rotherham United, before a year on loan at Hereford United in 2007 where he made 50 appearances and helped secure promotion to League One.

Diagouraga then signed a permanent deal at the Bulls in July 2008.

In June 2009, Toums signed for Peterborough United before moving to Brentford on loan in January 2010, where he ended up signing a permanent deal in July of the same year.

Brentford would be his home until 2016 where he would go on to make 188 appearances for the Bees and meet Uwe Rosler who managed the side between 2011 and 2013. In February and March 2014, Toums made eight loan appearances at Portsmouth, before being recalled to Brentford where he helped secure promotion to the Championship.

In the 2014/15 season, Diagouraga made 43 appearances for Brentford. Finishing in 5th place secured them a position in the play-offs, only to be beaten by Middlesbrough 5-1 on aggregate in the semi-final.

The 30-year-old then signed for Leeds United in January 2016 where he would make 16 appearances for the club before being loaned to Ipswich in January 2017 for the remainder of the season.

In October 2017, he joined League One side Plymouth Argyle until January 2018 when he reunited with Rosler at Fleetwood Town, scoring on his debut in a 2-1 away win against Southend United.

Adams said: “Toumani was with me at Plymouth Argyle and did ever so well for me when he was there. He came into the midfield and used the ball well.

“He has got good experience at the level and it was only a couple of years ago that he was Brentford's player of the year and he will be a good addition to the squad.''


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