By Will Butcher

Leeds are close to agreeing personal terms with Liam Bridcutt as they close in on signing him from Premier League outfit Sunderland, according to a reliable journalist.

The 27-year-old has been the subject of intense interest from the White as manager Garry Monk looks to solidify his midfield following two defeats in Leeds’ opening Championship fixtures.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account that the Scotland international is on the verge of being a Leeds player as his representatives look to thrash out personal terms with the Elland Road big hitters.

The signing of Bridcutt could be confirmed next week as the former Chelsea midfielder looks to re-join the Yorkshire giants after spending last season on loan at Elland Road.

Hay reported on Friday that Bridcutt wants a three-year Leeds contract after finally being given the green light to discuss personal terms.

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, captain Sol Bamba has implored his boss to bring in some new signings.