Leeds United news: Contacts made to sign international defender Sol Bamba, Cellino 'seriously considering'

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Leeds United are linked with a deal to sign Sol Bamba, formerly of Leicester City.

Leeds United have been linked with a move to sign Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba.

Bamba, 29, currently plays for Palermo in Serie A but has been out of favour since moving to the club in the summer, playing only once.

The centre-back has 49 international caps and featured at the 2014 World Cup, and possesses the kind of experience head coach Neil Redfearn is after.

Crucially he is familiar with Championship football, having spent two seasons with Leicester City making 55 appearances, previously playing in Scotland with both Dunfermline and Hibernian.

The defender has missed out on the Ivory Coast's African Nations Cup squad this month due to his lack of game time at Palermo, but this frees him up to make a loan move.

A physically imposing defender at 6ft 3", Bamba began his career at PSG and has also played in Turkey with Trabzonspor.

Italian website TMW report: "Now Leeds and Cellino is thinking seriously. Contacts are in progress, an agreement can be reached quickly."

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