Leeds United preparing loan bid for Sol Bamba

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Leeds United have been tipped to sign Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba with controversial owner Massimo Cellino reportedly “seriously considering” moving for the Italian based player.

The 29-year-old currently plays for Serie A side Palermo but has been sidelined since his summer transfer to the club.

Despite accruing more than 49 international caps for his country – and featuring heavily in Les Elephants World Cup campaign – Bamba has struggled to break into Giuseppe Iachini’s plans making just one appearance in the league.

Method in the Madness

Cellino is well known for being keen on using his Italian connections when recruiting for Leeds United but strangely there does seem to be more than blind patriotism at work in his methods this time round.

The Ivorian international is well acquainted with Championship football having spent 18 months at Leicester City between 2011 and 2012 where he made 52 league appearances and helped them to 10th and 9th place finishes respectively.

Free time on his hands

And crucially his lack of game time in Sicily has cost him a place in the Ivory Coast AFCON squad – which will make him available for the entire month of January should he join the Whites.

According to Italian website TMW, Cellino is close to getting his man as they today reported that: “Now Leeds and Cellino is thinking seriously. Contacts are in progress, an agreement can be reached quickly.”

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