By Will Butcher
Leeds remain “confident” of signing Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland within the “next few days”, according to a reliable journalist covering the club.
Radio Yorkshire’s Joe Rawson suggested on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night that a stumbling block to the deal is Bridcutt’s wages.
Replying to a Twitter follower who claimed the former Chelsea trainee is on £26,000-a-week at Sunderland and it was proving difficult to meet his salary demands, Rawson said “nail hit on the head” but still spoke of Leeds’ confidence in pushing through the deal before their Championship opener against QPR on Sunday.
— Joe Rawson (@joerawson) August 4, 2016
Rawson has established a reputation for breaking Leeds news and was the first journalist to reveal that the club had sealed the signing of Pablo Hernandez, who was unveiled on Monday night as the club’s seventh summer signing, and that Charlie Taylor had handed in a transfer request last weekend.
He claimed on Wednesday that Leeds were finalising a contract with Bridcutt, which was corroborated by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay, also on his personal Twitter account.
Hearing that Leeds and Sunderland are very close to a deal for Liam Bridcutt. As advanced as it's been so far. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 3, 2016
Scotland international Bridcutt spent last season at Elland Road and became a popular figure among the club’s fanbase for his diligence protecting the defence.
It has been reported that a deal for Bridcutt hangs on the issue of the former Brighton midfielder’s wages, and whether Sunderland will pay the shortfall.
Nevertheless, a deal looks increasingly likely, as manager Garry Monk looks to complete his eighth senior summer signing.
The 27-year-old made 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.
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.
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 seven senior signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.
In the latest Leeds transfer news, Monk has summed up the potential of Leeds this season in two words.