Leeds target Jack Hobbs was forced out of Leicester by Sol Bamba in 2011, could tables turn?

Jack Hobbs celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham Forest

Leeds are targeting Nottingham Forest's Jack Hobbs, who played alongside Sol Bamba at Leicester.

Jack Hobbs celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham ForestJack Hobbs celebrates after scoring for Nottingham Forest

Leeds United have been linked with making a move for Nottingham Forest centre-back Jack Hobbs, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting they have made an enquiry.

Hobbs would compete for positions with three players at the Whites if he signs, one who is very familiar to him, Sol Bamba.

The duo played together at Leicester City, when the Foxes were among Leeds' competitors in the Championship.

Leicester City's Sol Bamba (Hidden) scores as Jack Hobbs (C) celebratesLeicester City's Sol Bamba (Hidden) scores as Jack Hobbs (C) celebrates

Hobbs signed for Leicester first, arriving in 2008 on loan from Liverpool, where he helped the earn promotion from League One and was voted into the division's team of the season.

After signing permanently, Hobbs won the fans player of the year and player's player awards in 2009/10, but his success at the club was short lived, and his departure sped up by the signing of Sol Bamba in 2011.

When Bamba signed, Hobbs was positive, telling the club website: "He is a great signing and I am sure he will continue that form and be a really great player for us."

Yet Bamba's arrival led to Hobb's departure, moving that season to Hull City, with The BBC reporting: "Last season he was the club's player of the year, but the arrival of Ivorian central defender Sol Bamba has limited his opportunities at the Walkers Stadium.

Will the tables turn?

Leeds United's Sol Bamba remonstrates with assistant refereeLeeds United's Sol Bamba remonstrates with assistant referee

Now with a potential move to Leeds on the horizon, the dynamic could be changing for Hobbs and Bamba.

Bamba, is currently the club captain but this status is currently unconfirmed by Garry Monk ahead of the new campaign.

He is also the oldest of Leeds' three centre-backs at 31-years-old, with Liam Cooper 24 and loanee Kyle Bartley 25. Hobbs himself turns 28 later this month.

Last season Bamba was inconsistent and struggled with injuries at times, and while at his best he can be Leeds' top defender, he needs to prove he can still produce on a regular basis and stay fit.

Hobbs and his two other competitors are younger and have potential to improve, and if he signs, the very opposite of what happened at Leicester could eventually be on the cards.

Jack Hobbs celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham ForestJack Hobbs celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham Forest

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch