Sol Bamba moves from Hibs to Leicester City
Defender seals move to Sven Goran Eriksson’s side.
Hibernian have completed the sale of Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba to Leicester City. Bamba will be reunited with his former international boss at the Walkers Stadium, having played for Sven Goran Eriksson while the Swede was manager of the African nation earlier this year.
The defender was entering the final six months of his contract at Easter Road, prompting Hibernian to cash in on the player who would have been free to leave at the end of the season. An undisclosed fee was agreed between the clubs on Saturday, prior to the player completing a medical.
Bamba had joined Hibs from Dunfermline in August 2008 and became a regular at the heart of the defence. During his time at the club he broke into the international setup, prompting interest from a number of teams, particularly in France.
The player was expected to leave Easter Road at the end of the summer, after angering then manager John Hughes by missing the start of pre-season training after failing to return to Scotland after the World Cup. The situation was resolved and he went on to make 18 appearances this season under Hughes and successor Colin Calderwood.
Calderwood had admitted that he would be prepared to listen to offers for the player. He then confirmed that Leicester had made a suitable offer and said that he would be given funds to find a replacement for the stopper.
"We had a bid from Leicester and, subject to him agreeing terms, we've given him permission to go down there," said Calderwood.
"It's a good deal for the club."