By Harvey Byrne
Leeds have been told they can sign Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt for £500,000 this summer, 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.
The Sunderland Echo now report that the Black Cats are willing to offload the Scotland international for £500,000, less than half the fee Leeds were quoted 12 months ago.
Sunderland want to recoup some of the £2.5million fee they paid Brighton for the ex-Chelsea trainee in 2014.
Bridcutt was brought to Leeds by former manager 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 short of numbers 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 signed a new three-year contract on Thursday.
In other Leeds news, Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson has finalised a transfer to Leeds.