By Harvey Byrne

Leeds are trying to bring Sunderland midfielder and former loanee Liam Bridcutt back to the club, according to a report.

Radio Yorkshire journalist and presenter Joe Rawson claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday evening that the Whites were working on a deal for the 27-year-old defensive midfielder.

The reliable Leeds journalist’s Tweet was in response to another sports journalist’s question about whether the Black Cats had rejected two bids for their midfielder, one at £1million and the other at £1.25million with the Premier League club holding out for at least £2million.

Bridcutt joined Sunderland for a £2.5million fee in the 2014 winter window and it is understood that the top-flight club are trying to recoup most of that fee for their player.

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

The combative midfielder made 27 appearances across all competitions for Leeds last season, earning a recall to the Scotland squad during his time.

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.

Manager Garry Monk is still in the market for new signings after already recruiting six players in the summer window.

However, the Whites may also face competition from Championship rivals Aston Villa after it was reported that the Villains were speaking to Sunderland over the possibility of signing the former Brighton star.

In other Leeds transfer news, Andrea Lazzari has said that he would be interested in a move to the Whites.