By Coral Barry

Steve Evans has revealed that Leeds are desperate to sign Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland in the summer.

Bridcutt is on-loan from the Premier League side and has missed just 110 minutes of league action since joining in November.

The midfielder was Evans’ first acquisition as head coach and the Leeds boss was full of praise for Bridcutt after the 26-year-old put in an impressive performance during the 2-0 win against Blackburn at the weekend.

“I think Liam’s very aware of what I think of him,” said Evans speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “He’s very aware of what this football club thinks of him.

“And the one thing I’m very aware of is that Liam loves playing for Leeds United. He never hides that.

“Liam’s a top-quality player, he leads by example in his determination to win a game.”

Bridcutt has found himself surplus to requirements at Sunderland after being brought to the club by the now-departed Gus Poyet in 2014.

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The former Brighton player has played just 36 times for Sunderland, but his recent form for Leeds has earned him a recall to the Scotland squad.

Bridcutt still has over a year to run on the three-and-a-half year contract he signed in 2014.

Leeds’ win over Blackburn was the Whites’ third league victory after previously going ten games without a victory.

Evans’ side sit in 13th on 47 points, five points off Preston in tenth and have begun to harbour ambitions of breaking into the top ten of the Championship.

In other Leeds news, Sol Bamba has admitted striker Mirco Antenucci needs to be in the right state of mind to score goals.