Sport Italia report that Leeds United and Nottingham Forest have made enquiries to sign Lassana Coulibaly from Serie A side Salernitana – a player that turned out for Rangers under Steven Gerrard during the 2018-19 season.

Scottish fans will remember 30-time Mali star from his loan spell at Ibrox. In which, he was more of a fringe player. He clocked up 31 appearances for the Gers in an entire season, struggling to hold down a regular place in the side.

But since then, he has gone from strength to strength. Breaking into the Angers side, he then joined Serie A outfit Salernitana in the summer of 2021. He has gone on to play 53 times in the last 18 months in Salernitana’s midfield.

Renowned for his lung-busting stamina, combative approach and intricate short passing, Coulibaly is now on the radar of some big clubs. The report from Sport Italia claims Monaco and Marseille are interested in the African star.

But also, Leeds and Forest have made enquiries to land the midfielder. However, with Salernitana agreeing a five-year deal in 2021, they have a contract until 2026. That has allowed them to ‘return’ those enquiries to ‘sender’.

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Leeds and Forest make enquiries to sign Coulibaly from Salernitana

Forest’s interest is nothing new. In December, the Sun reported that a fee of £8.5million could see Forest nab his signature. But those that are monitoring the ex-Rangers man are growing. Leeds are said to have made an enquiry.

Leeds have options in midfield. But with Max Wober and Georginio Rutter through the door, the club are likely to turn their attention to adding quality in midfield. Coulibaly is a good player, not amazing; reflected in his price tag.

But as a no.6, perhaps as a replacement for Tyler Adams, he would offer Leeds another holding midfielder. Without Adams against Manchester City, Leeds lacked that midfield bite. If Adams is out again, Coulibaly is a solid back-up.

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