By Dominic Toner

Liam Bridcutt has joined Leeds from Sunderland, it was announced on Tuesday morning.

Leeds announced on their website and official Twitter account that the midfielder has completed a transfer from the Stadium of Light for an undisclosed fee and has signed a two-year contract.

Bridcutt, 27, has returned to Elland Road after a successful loan spell last season and will hope to turn the club’s fortunes around after they have suffered consecutive defeats to QPR and Birmingham at the start of the Championship season.

The new signing will not be able to make his debut in Tuesday’s league match against Fulham as Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay revealed that he was not signed in time to be eligible for the match.

Bridcutt, who had less than 12 months left on his contract at the Stadium of Light, made just 30 Premier league appearances for Sunderland after signing in 2013.

The 27-year-old joined Leeds on loan last November from the Black Cats under then manager Steve Evans and remained until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Bridcutt impressed the fans during his stay at Elland Road and made 27 appearances in total, assisting once and picking up eight yellow cards for his battling in midfield.

The former Chelsea trainee could now be followed through the Elland Road entrance door by Belgian Bryan Verboom after he agreed personal terms with Leeds.

Garry Monk has now made nine signing this summer, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson, Luke Ayling, Pablo Hernandez and now Bridcutt.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club’s Premier League target is mulling over a transfer request.