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Adam Pearson gives Sol Bamba transfer update

The Leeds executive director has given an update on the 30-year-old centre-back.

Adam Pearson says Sol Bamba 'could well' join Leeds United on a permanent basis this summer, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The defender spent the second half of last season on loan at Elland Road and looks to be on the Yorkshire side's agenda ahead of next term.

The problem for Leeds, Pearson says, is that no 'formal recruitment meeting' has yet been held since owner Massimo Cellino's arrival back in England and Uwe Rosler's appointment as the club's new head coach.

That leaves the club 'a week behind' in terms of transfer dealings but the executive director is confident things will move quickly once the building blocks are put into place.

And Bamba will be firmly on the agenda. The 30-year-old has previously declared his interest in moving to Leeds on a permanent basis and Leeds will need at least one new (or in this case existing) centre-back for their Championship campaign.

When asked about the Ivorian defender, Pearson told reporters at Wednesday's press conference: "He could well do. We’ve literally had no formal recruitment meeting at all and we know we’re perhaps a week behind where we should be.

"But we’ll very quickly get up to speed and the key people are close to coming in. Uwe is pretty clear on what he wants to come into the club. You’ll start to see some movement pretty quickly. We won’t hang around."

Bamba has formed a partnership with both Italian Giuseppe Bellusci and 23-year-old Liam Cooper since joining Leeds in January and would not need any time to further adapt to the Championship.

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