Leeds loanee Sol Bamba speaks about potential long-term stay

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Sol Bamba may have only just arrived at Leeds United on loan but he seems keen on a permanent stay.

Leeds United loanee Sol Bamba has been speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post about the possibility of signing for the Championship club in a permanent deal.

The 30-year-old Ivorian centre-back has arrived on loan for the rest of the season from Italian club Palermo, but when asked if he would be returning to his parent club, he gave an interesting response.

“If I’m honest I don’t think so,” Bamba said. “Not unless the manager changes.

“The club made it clear that they want me to come back and play but I don’t see that happening.

“We want to settle here if we can and get a deal done as soon as possible.”

Bamba has previous experience of playing in England following a spell at Leicester City, and with regular centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci currently suspended, the loanee has the chance to stake a claim for a regular starting spot early on.

Bamba has played just once for Palermo so it is no surprise that he sees his future away from Italy.

But Leeds have a fight on their hands if they want to climb up the table and he will have to hit the ground running in a campaign that has seen plenty of lows but still offers much if they can maintain their undefeated streak.

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