By Alex Taylor

Aston Villa are speaking to Sunderland over the possibility of signing former Leeds loanee Liam Bridcutt, according to reports.

HITC Sport citing The Sun (Monday edition, page 51) claim that the Villains are eyeing up a move for the 27-year-old after his impressive performances at Elland Road last season.

The report says that the arrival of Bridcutt could mean Carlos Sanchez or Jordan Veretout would have to make way this summer, with growing interest in the pair from Marseille.

Defensive midfielder Bridcutt was deemed surplus to requirements by Sam Allardyce last autumn and moved to Leeds for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign.

The Whites were rumoured to be interested in a permanent deal for the Chelsea academy graduate but it now seems like a move to Villa is on the cards.

Bridcutt featured in 24 games in the Championship last season, scoring no goals and providing one assist.

The player is contracted to Sunderland until June 2017 and with no renewal on the table, it now seems likely that a move away from the Stadium of Light will happen sooner rather than later.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, owner Tony Xia has hinted the club’s expected transfer splurge may not materialise after previously hinting the club are set to secure three more deals within two weeks.