Leeds United have just avoided their biggest possible transfer setback by retaining Sol Bamba

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Leeds have confirmed the signing of Sol Bamba on a permanent deal.

The disadvantage of a good performance from a loan signing is the sudden desire a club may have to bow to simply to stand still.

Sol Bamba was excellent for Leeds United last season after his mid-season switch from Italian side Palermo, even going on to captain the side.

His performance in the away win at Middlesbrough was superb, immediately winning over supporters, and over the remainder of the season he showed why he can be a key part of the club in the future.

Leeds clearly felt that way too, signing Bamba to a permanent deal after agreeing an undisclosed fee with the Serie A side, they announced on their official website.

Bamba's arrival keeps Leeds on an upwards momentum building into next season. They can now afford to focus their efforts on strengthening other areas of the team in need of an upgrade.

Specifically two wingers are needed, to allow Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor freedom to return to full-back instead of being reliant on them out wide - and a striker capable of scoring more than 15 goals in a season.

Losing out on Bamba would have had a negative impact on this, as the club would have had to focus their efforts instead on signing a new centre-back.

The Yorkshire Evening Post had reported earlier in the month how Leeds had attempted to sign Alex Pearce from Reading amid fears Bamba would not re-sign.

Bamba had earlier stuck his neck out in support of outgoing boss Neil Redfearn, but the recent news that the 50-year-old would be staying at the club, reverting to his old head of academy role, could have been crucial in getting the defender to stay, in showing Leeds have a semblance of stability which they did not appear to during Massimo Cellino's suspension.

The centre-back is not perfect, and can still be prone to errors, but he was Leeds' best defender over the final few months of the season and retaining him was of the utmost importance to the club, and it will be a relief as much as an accomplishment that they have now done so.

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