By Will Butcher
Leeds are not working on a deal to permanently sign Sunderland’s defensive midfielder Liam Bridcutt, according to a report.
The 27-year-old spent this season on-loan at Elland Road and was one of the Yorkshire club’s star performers, which led to his first Scotland call-up.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay declared on his personal Twitter account on Monday that there has been no development in the club’s pursuit of Bridcutt.
Responding to a question from a follower, Hay said “there was nothing doing with Bridcutt”.
@jkwatson1 last time I asked (early last week) there was nothing doing with Bridcutt.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 20, 2016
As reported by Football Insider, Leeds were keen on signing Bridcutt when Steve Evans was manager.
Bridcutt made 27 appearances in all competition for Leeds this season and was a key figure in central midfield under the Scot.
The club’s reported reluctance to work on a deal now that a new manager is in place strongly suggests that Monk does not share Evans’ enthusiasm for Bridcutt.
The Chelsea trainee said back in February: “I’d like to stay at Leeds if the circumstances are right.
“Every club I’m at, I want to be aiming high and I want the club to aim high. If Leeds are willing to do that in the summer then I’d be happy to stay.”
Monk is yet to make any signings at Elland Road since taking over from Evans, but is close to completing a move for Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson from Swedish side Kalmar FF.