Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Derby County are all interested in taking Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe on loan, Sky Sports are claiming.

The 32-year-old former Mali International hasn’t played in over two years due to a horror sequence of injuries that almost led to his retirement.

Despite battling back to full fitness, Stoke City manager Tony Pulis didn’t include Sidibe in his 25 man squad leaving the Malian looking for a loan move.

Neil Warnock has spoke repeatedly about his need for reinforcements, highlighting the right-side of midfield and attack as two areas in particular where he’s short on numbers. However, with Paul Green and David Norris out injured, and Michael Brown doubtful with a hamstring problem, the Leeds United manager also requires cover in central midfield – a position he’s hoping to fill with Jermain Jenas.

Both of these moves will depend not only on the competition from other clubs, but also on the finances available to Neil Warnock. Jermaine Jenas shouldn’t be too much of an issue as it’s only a short-term loan, and since Spurs are keen on getting him back to full fitness, they’ll no doubt be willing to pay the majority – if not all – of his wages. Whether he’s at White Hart Lane or Elland Road, Jenas will still receive the same pay – the benefit of a short-term loan to Leeds is that Jenas will have chance to recover his match fitness.

Conversely, it’s all about the money for Stoke City. With Sidibe left out of Tony Pulis’ 25 man squad, he’s nothing more than an expensive reserve team player. It therefore stands to reason that Stoke will be looking to offload Sidibe to whichever club offers to pay the largest percentage of his wages.

  • mattbb2

    I suspenct bates will be looking to contribute a `round’ figure to Sidibes wages – cue the loan move not happening.

  • henrymouni

    There is a big fitness risk with both these players.

  • col

    Sounds about right. He ticks all the boxes.
    1. He’s 32 years old.
    2. He’s a string of career threatening injuries including two torn archilles tendons & a dislocated knee cap (ouch!)
    3. He hasn’t played football for over two years.
    Is this all we can expect? Yet more lies & broken promises of big signings with no loan players.
    BATES OUT!!!

  • We all know that poor old NW is battling against all the odds and showing a remarkable degree of loyalty to the fans. Things will never change under Bates, so he must go. We are financing Bates’s continuation at ER. We can only blame ourselves!!!

    • Irving08

      Hey, what’s with the poor stuff ? Warnock is having the time of his life. Sure, he would like a couple more players, but he’s got the best job he”s ever had, doesn’t need the money and got fans eating out of his hand. And that’s leaving out the personal stuff.

  • Matthew

    Why do we need a Striker again? We have Ross and Becchio, thats enough.
    Anyways Sky Sports News is reporting Craig Bellamy isn’t in the Wales squad because he’s ‘Injured’ hope to good thats true. Seeing as he was the playmaker in Cardiffs 4-0 win over us in Oct 2010 and the other game. Everything went through him and because of him they pretty much outclassed us. Saturday is looking much more hopeful now.

    • Chareose

      And what happens when bechio and mcormack pick up injuries ? Warnock wants cover….. Looks like Dj Campbell has gone to Blackpool

      • TimPM

        I think Andy Gray could be pretty decent as a cover… But who would cover for McCormack? ——————

        • Matthew

          Realistically no one. You would need money to buy someone good enough to fill the boots of Ross Mcc. Ideally this is why we need to the takeover the go through. Offer Brighton a decent fee for Craig Mc Smith and partner him with anyone injured upfront.

          • TimPM

            I thought we didn’t need cover for him?

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          • Matthew

            We don’t, but if we did lol
            I agree with the need for cover to be there for any injured, this is a given seeing how we can be brutally unlucky with injuries and really we need a bench that can change a game, not a bench that screams desperation as the manager in question has no money. But if money isnt there we need to be smart with the cover we do get, at the moment the midfield should be a priority. And with Ross not playing for Scotland in those 2 games, we should see a rested Ross starting on Saturday.

          • Matthew

            *is why we need the takeover to go through
            Ashamed I made such poor mistakes there, need to proof read my stuff before posting clearly.

      • Matthew

        Looking at his record I really don’t think he’d be good enough to cover for either player. If we get him, we’re pretty much desperate.
        We need someone younger with a proven record in this league.

    • TSS

      How many times Ken, you’re not welcome here.

      Joking aside, it’s called depth Matthew. No one is suggesting we replace Ross or Becchio, but it’d be nice to have other options.

      • TimPM

        Becchs never gets injured, does he?…
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      • mattbb2

        do you think you might get bates on here for an interview mate? comedy gold I suspect.

        • mrbigwheels

          Invite him. He can only say no. What could he be possibly frightened of?.

      • Matthew

        But we have a huge gaping hole in the centre midfield. Isn’t that more important dude?

        • Irving08

          Of course it is.