By Will Butcher
Sunderland are prepared to let Liam Bridcutt join Leeds on loan rather than risk the prospect of him remaining on their wage bill this season, according to a report.
The two clubs have held extensive talks this summer about a deal that will take Bridcutt to Elland Road but have failed to agree terms.
The Evening Chronicle now claim that the Football League’s decision to scrap emergency loans means Sunderland are fearful that Bridcutt will remain on their wage bill for the entire 2016-17 if they cannot thrash out a deal with Leeds before the 31 August transfer deadline.
According to the report, both sides want Bridcutt to move permanently but so far a deal has failed to materialise with a difference in valuation for the midfielder.
The likelihood is said to be growing that Sunderland will agree to sanction the midfield enforcer’s on a season-long loan, at the end of which the £3million signing will be out of contract and able to leave on a free transfer.
The former Chelsea trainee has been training with the Under-23 side at the Stadium of Light, with new manager David Moyes making it obvious that he is surplus to requirements.
Midfield enforcer Bridcutt spent last season on loan at Elland Road and became a key player in the Steve Evans side that finished 13th in the Championship.
Bridcutt, who has less than 12 months left on his contract at the Stadium of Light, has made just 36 Premier league appearances for the Black Cats after signing in 2013.
Garry Monk has been very active in the market 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 senior signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.
In other Leeds transfer news, West Ham are lining up a £5million bid for this in-demand star.