Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Leeds United centre-back Sol Bamba.

With Andros Townsend completing his transfer to St James Park on Wednesday, on the back of Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey arriving, it does tend to make supporters feel that other new players are (a little) more likely to arrive when these stories come up.

However, in the case of Sol Bamba you can’t imagine there is any substance to this transfer tale.

Both The Star and The Express claim that Newcastle and Sunderland are set to ‘fight it out’ for the central defender’s signature.

Born in France, an Ivory Coast international with 38 caps and standing at 6ft 3, that part of his profile makes him sound a possible Newcastle/Mike Ashley signing, especially when he is said to be available for only £2m.

However, having just turned 31 and looking at his overall playing profile, it is hard to imagine Mike Ashley allowing this one and more importantly, why you’d expect Sol Bamba to be any better than what Newcastle have already got.

The Leeds defender has had a bit of a journeyman career after coming through the youth system at PSG, only making two first team appearances he then moved to Dunfermline, before two years later joining Hibernian for £50,000.

Spells at Leicester City, Trabzonspor, Palermo and then a Leeds loan, before last summer his move to Yorkshire was made permanent.

It would be nice to think Newcastle would be looking to back up a Newcastle defence which is yet again one of the worst in the Premier League, but the transfer spend has once again gone on the middle of the pitch with it looking like the defence and attack overlooked.

No doubt we will be hearing plenty about (especially from himself!) Steven Taylor being available once again, though how long he stays fit is anybody’s guess.

Taylor was one of seven first team squad members who played in a ‘friendly derby’ yesterday against Sunderland, the team hammered 6-0 and claims of yet another injury for Sylvain Marveaux.