Loan star Sol Bamba rejects Leeds United offer

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HITC Sport understands Sol Bamba has turned down an offer from Leeds United to join the club on a permanent basis.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club that Sol Bamba has turned down an offer from Leeds United to make his loan move permanent.

Bamba joined Leeds on loan from Palermo during the January transfer window and made an immediate impact at Elland Road.

The 30-year-old made 19 appearances during his stay in Yorkshire and made himself a firm fans' favourite with his all-action displays.

Leeds were keen to turn Bamba's loan move into a permanent deal, but it is understood that the former Leicester City and Hibernian stopper has rejected the Whites' initial offer to stay at Elland Road.

Bamba hit out at Leeds owner Massimo Cellino earlier this month claiming the dismissal of assistant manager Steve Thompson caused a dressing room split and admitted he was not a fan of how the Italian was running the club.

News of Bamba's rejection of a move will come as a blow to Leeds' summer transfer plans and means new boss Uwe Rosler will have to look elsewhere to bolster his defensive options.

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