By Will Butcher
Sol Bamba could leave Leeds in a deadline-day move as the Yorkshire giants are ready to listen to any offers for him, according to a reliable journalist.
The 31-year-old club captain was omitted from Garry Monk’s squad on Saturday to face Nottingham Forest, a game they lost 3-1.
Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning that Bamba is “clearly down the pecking order now” at Elland Road and that Leeds are willing to sell him.
The former Leicester man is considered fourth-choice centre-back behind the likes of Liam Cooper and loanees Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson, who joined this summer from Swansea and Torino respectively.
Although there are no reports of any specific teams interested in Bamba, this news could alert clubs in to making a move for the former Palermo defender.
The defender is desperate to show former Swansea manager Garry Monk what he can do, with less than 12 months remaining on his current deal. He may have to find somewhere else to do that though, as first-team chances under Monk look slim.
The 49-time international, who has come under criticism for his performances this season, was integral last season. Leeds’ number three made 33 appearances in league and cup encounters, scoring four goals.
In other Leeds transfer news, this former captain has signed with Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals.