Newcastle, Sunderland and Wolves linked with Leeds defender

Mark Holmes
Sol Bamba: Leeds United defender linked with January move

Newcastle United, Sunderland and Wolves are reported to be interested in signing Leeds United centre-back Sol Bamba.

Bamba only joined Leeds on a permanent basis in June after impressing on loan from Palermo, with then-Whites boss Uwe Rosler making him captain before the start of the season.

However, Bamba has lost his place since the appointment of Steve Evans, who has preferred to use Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci in central defence.

Evans said earlier this week that Bamba would not leave Elland Road this month, but the Daily Star claims the 31-year-old has now been told by Massimo Cellino he can leave providing his valuation, said to be around £2million, is met.

Asked about the rumours at his press conference on Thursday, Bamba said: “I’m not aware of any in this window.”

On the prospect of new signings, the Leeds boss added: “If the president says there are no more signings then there are no more signings. But the word I heard was ‘unlikely’.”