By Will Butcher
Liam Bridcutt wants a three-year Leeds contract after finally being given the green light to discuss personal terms.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay revealed via his personal Twitter account that the 27-year-old has already demanded a contract of at least three years at Elland Road.
It now appears that a move to make him Garry Monk’s ninth summer signing is almost complete.
The former Chelsea trainee Bridcutt spent last season at Elland Road and became a popular figure among the club’s fanbase for his diligence protecting the defence.
Bridcutt, who has less than 12 months left on his contract at the Stadium of Light, has made just 30 Premier league appearances for the Black Cats after signing in 2013.
The defensive midfielder 28 appearances for Leeds last term, after joining in November on loan initially for a month, before extending his stay in Yorkshire until the end of the season.
Former Swansea boss Monk has been very active in the market this summer and is looking to continue his Elland Road revolution, as he aims to return the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.
Monk has made eight senior signings so far, bringing in Luke Ayling, Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites have entered the race to sign this Championship midfielder.