By Wayne Veysey

7th Oct, 2016 | 8:37am

Reliable Leeds journalist: Deal done as defender agrees 18-month contract

By Alex Stevens

Sol Bamba has agreed a contract with Cardiff weeks after leaving Leeds, according to a reliable journalist.

The defender, 31, has been a free agent after terminating his contract with the Yorkshire giants the day after the transfer window shut.

But reports emerged on Friday that former Leeds manager Neil Warnock had snapped up Bamba just days after taking charge at Cardiff.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account on Friday morning that Bamba will join the Welsh side on a free transfer after agreeing an 18-month contract.

Warnock was appointed the new Cardiff manager on Wednesday after the Championship strugglers sacked Paul Trollope following a poor start to the new campaign.

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Bamba has been linked with moves to Derby and League One side Bury but he was unable to agree terms with either club.

It now appears that Bamba will remain in England’s second tier after being deemed surplus to requirements at Leeds by Garry Monk.

The 49-time capped Ivory Coast 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, who have formed an impressive partnership over the last month.

Bamba made 33 appearances in league and cup encounters for Leeds last season, scoring four goals.

In other Leeds transfer news, Neil Redfearn has delivered a scathing verdict on an Elland Road signing.