By Harvey Byrne
Leeds are leaving the door open for another move for Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the Elland Road giants have kept their interest in Bridcutt alive since his loan at the end of the 2015-16 campaign and they are weighing up a permanent deal before the start of next season.
The 27-year-old defensive midfielder has just a year left on his current contract and finds himself out of favour at the Stadium of Light.
Leeds were hopeful of negotiating a free transfer for the the ex-Chelsea trainee, but Sunderland want to recoup some of the £2.5million fee they paid Brighton for the Scotland international in 2014.
Bridcutt was brought to Leeds by former head coach Steve Evans on an emergency loan last November and despite the change of first-team boss the Yorkshire club are still keen to secure his signature after a successful loan.
It is said that new manager Garry Monk has given the green light to push for the player again.
The combative midfielder made 27 appearances across all competitions for Leeds in the recently completed season, earning a recall to the Scotland squad during his time.
However Leeds are not weak in the defensive midfield position and the club may have to see some departures if they are to bring in Bridcutt.
The club signed Toumani Diagouraga in January from Brentford for a reported £600,000 fee while youngster Kalvin Phillips is set to take up a new three-year contract.
In other Leeds news, Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson has finalised a transfer to Leeds.