Modena manager Walter Novellino has told Italian publication Gazetta Di Modena that he would like to see Leeds midfielder Tommaso Bianchi return to the club.

Novellino says he’s missing a player like Bianchi, one he claims would offer the club “five or six goals per year” but the deal is made “impossible” by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino who won’t let him leave, despite Novellino claiming Bianchi wants to return to Italy.

Bianchi has made 23 appearances for Leeds since arriving at the club this summer and been subject to some fairly mixed reviews from fans. The 26-year-old spent last season on loan to Modena where he scored 3 times in 41 appearances.

Elsewhere today, Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli is reporting via his Twitter feed that Leeds United have completed the signing of centre-back Sol Bamba.

Bamba, now 30, is a towering hulk of a defender who made 51 appearances for Leicester City from 2011-2012. He spent the following season at Turkish side Trabzonspor before joining Palermo last summer where he’s since struggled to make an impact but with Giuseppe Bellusci banned following a red card against Bournemouth last night, his arrival will be a welcomed one for Neil Redfearn.

No confirmation of Bamba’s arrival from the club just yet, but Ema Giulianelli has a solid record when it comes to Leeds United transfers so I’d expect an announcement shortly.

  • NottsWhite

    We have been crying out for a towering hulk of a centre back for years therefore I welcome Bamba. I also remember that he is not bad with the ball at his feet either

  • Tyler75

    I like Bianchi – he’s a ‘water carrier’ midfielder that all teams need – but he’s not going to get back in the side in front of Murph, Cook, Rudi, Mowatt or even Sloth on current form – so if he wants out let him go

    • oldschoolbaby

      I could not agree more. He`s an effective water carrier and like the greats in that position looks hopeless when played further up the park. Playing him out of position, to the great dis-satisfaction of the fans, did him a massive dis – service.

  • Ropey Wyla

    Excited to sign Bamba, finally a bit of beef in the backline. If Bianchi wants out, 10 minutes into his 4 year contract, lets get shot of him on a permanent deal and get someone in who isn’t a tart and can handle being at a big club.

  • Mike

    I welcome the idea of Bamba, we’re horrible defending set pieces and not that he’s the whole answer but some height should help out a bit. He was goo enough to play many games for the Ivory Coast national team too so he cant be too bad can he?

    • TSS

      “he cant be too bad can he?”

      I dunno, I try not to tempt fate these days…

      • Mike

        Agreed there mate, well my first point still stands I suppose haha.

        • TSS

          Yeah, we’re weak in the air, it’s one of our biggest weaknesses for sure.

          • Chareose

            yes and all the players we are being linked to wouldn’t be out of place in an episode of Gullivers Travels so its obvious the powers that be are trying to compensate for our team of munchkins and hobbits

          • TSS

            Understandably so. We’ve lined up against some teams and it’s looked like an U11s side taking on a men’s rugby team.

  • Chareose

    Have to admit that while I have mixed feelings about Bianchi and Doukara I think a lot of leeds players have been a victim of the Formation and style we have played for most of the season……. Many of us have been screaming out for a return to a 442 or a 451 with some real width in the team……finally Redfearn implements it and SINCE we have seen a complete change in performance and results.
    I think like Murphy that Bianchi would have benefited from this with no longer being pressured to put the ball through the eye of a needle by passing your way through a packed centre, the likes of murphy can simply look up and off load the ball to a wide midfielder…….. who deliver crosses into the box that can result in knock backs to the midfield
    Adryan also would probably do well in a wide position in this formation……
    However if Bianchi wants to leave, let him go, we cant keep people who arnt committed

  • Chareose

    By the way, Redfearns comment ” Lewis Cook the best player on the pitch by a mile”

    Wasn’t fair to the other players, Murphy especially was absolutely everywhere but I guess Neil was just a bit over exuberant, hes got a job as a coach and he did it very well

    • spellz

      I have been critical of Murphy since his arrival, he was lazy sluggish a bad passer and afraid to shoot (excluding debut goal) did not deserve to hold his position in any way shape or form for the first team but his last couple of games he has really put in a shift and heck he deserved man of the match against Bournemouth, especially with his work rate in the latter stages, I felt like for once he was actually proud to have the badge on his shirt.

  • spellz

    I do like Bianchi as a player I do feel he is a decent midfielder and plays his role well but if the reports from Italy are correct then off you go son, midfield is a position at our club that we have in abundance and there’s plenty that want first team footy.

  • LeedsLover

    Has anyone ever heard Redfearn give Cook a bad rap, he says after every game that Cook played brilliantly, but truth is, he hasn’t. Redfearn is a bull artist and lies a lot. Media feed of Redders remarks.

    Murphy played much much better than Cook, but Redders took limelight away from him by praising cook. Redders always talks up his own academy players, unfair to the other players and detrimental to team.

    Check out all leeds stats below.

    http://www.squawka.com/players/liam-cooper/stats#performance-score#leeds-united-(current)#football-league-championship#10#season-2014/2015#127#all-matches#1-27#by-match

    • NottsWhite

      Cook is certainly a talent and is definately more suited centrally than out wide, however I wish that he would learn to pass or shoot in the final third when he bursts through. Redfearn does have rose tinted specs for the academy players and although I applaud his faith in youth he must not be blinkered to poor performances or tiredness in his young players. I felt that Mowatt was off pace on Tuesday but remained on the pitch

  • Irving08

    Jason Pearce is a man I could rely upon in the trenches, which is where we are now. It would be absurd to let him go now.