Report: Newcastle and Sunderland battle for Leeds United's Sol Bamba

Sol Bamba is a transfer target for Newcastle and Sunderland.

Sol Bamba is a transfer target for Sunderland and Newcastle United, report The Daily Star.

Bamba is the Leeds United club captain, but has been in and out of the side in recent weeks due to injury.

He was missing from the club's game with Brentford in midweek, attending a family issue back home in Paris, head coach Steve Evans explained to BBC Radio Leeds.

Bamba, formerly of Leicester City, signed on loan with Leeds from Palermo last January, before joining permanently in the summer, and being named club captain.

Sunderland and Newcastle are both battling for Premier League survival, and there is a chance Bamba could end up back in the Championship again next season even if he quits Elland Road.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino stated this evening to SkySports that the club are committed to keeping their best players - whether he views Bamba is this cateo.

The Daily Star's report claims Bamba is worth £2 million, even stating Cellino is open to selling.

The report reads: "Evans insisted earlier this week that Bamba was going nowhere, but it is understood after talks owner Massimo Cellino has now agreed to let him move on."

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