By Will Butcher

Leeds are moving closer to the signature of Scotland international Liam Bridcutt after a significant breakthrough in negotiations, according to a report.

The Sunderland midfielder spent last season on loan at Elland Road and became a popular figure among the club’s fanbase for his work protecting the defence.

Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning that a deal for Bridcutt has never been closer.

Leeds have been keen to make Bridcutt’s loan a permanent move all summer, after first being reported with an interest back in June by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Hay revealed that a deal for Bridcutt hangs on the issue of the former Brighton midfielder’s wages, and whether Sunderland will pay the shortfall.

Nevertheless, a deal looks increasingly likely, as manager Garry Monk looks to complete his eighth senior summer signing.

The 27-year-old made 28 appearances for Leeds last term, after joining in November on loan initially for a month, before extending his stay in Yorkshire until the end of the season.

The former Chelsea trainee, who has less than 12 months left on his contract at the Stadium of Light, has made just 30 Premier league appearances for the Black Cats after signing in 2013.

Former Swansea boss Monk has been very busy this summer and is looking to continue his Elland Road revolution, as he aims to return the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.

Monk has made seven signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.

In the latest Leeds transfer news, Monk has summed up the potential of Leeds this season in two words.