Leeds captain Sol Bamba wants club chiefs to invest in the squad during the January window

By Will Butcher

Derby County have decided that they do not want to pursue a deal for former Leeds captain Sol Bamba, according to a report.

The 31-year-old is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with the Yorkshire giants the day after the transfer window shut.

However, the Derby Telegraph claim that the Rams are no longer interested in signing the Ivory Coast international, despite allowing him to train with the squad last week.

Bamba worked with manager Nigel Pearson during his days at Leicester, but the Pearson has now been suspended and that has been followed by the reported decision over Bamba’s future.

It had also been reported that the former Palermo stopper was in talks with Bury about a drop down to League One, before chancing his arm at Derby in an attempt to win a new deal.

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The 44-time capped international’s decision to leave Leeds came after it was made apparent that he had become the Yorkshire giants’ fourth-choice centre-back despite still being club captain.

He had fallen down the pecking order behind Liam Cooper and new signings Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson.

The 49-time international was integral last term and made 33 appearances in league and cup encounters, scoring four goals.

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