By Coral Barry

Leeds have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of Liam Bridcutt with Sunderland forced to offload several fringe players this summer, according to a report.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce needs to raise transfer funds and trim his wage bill as the Black Cats look to fund a summer of reconstruction at the club.

The Chronicle claim that their strategy includes freeing the club of its deadweight and fringe players which includes Bridcutt.

Leeds have been pushing for a permanent deal for the combative midfielder after he spent last season on loan at Elland Road.

The interest in Bridcutt is not thought to have been affected by the arrival of new manager Garry Monk and Leeds may now return to Sunderland to resurrect the deal.

Allardyce is thought to be willing to a;sp allow Jack Rodwell and Jermain Lens leave this summer for the right price and is aware that Leeds also hold an interest in Seb Larsson.

Bridcutt made 27 appearances for Leeds in all competitions last campaign as the club finishing 13th in the Championship.

In other Leeds news, the Whites are closing in on appointing a new sporting director.