By Will Butcher
Leeds are “very confident” of signing Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland before their Championship opener against QPR on Sunday, according to a reliable journalist covering the club.
Radio Yorkshire’s Joe Rawson claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon that the Elland Road outfit are finalising a contract with the midfield enforcer.
I’ve been told Leeds United are “very confident” of completing the Bridcutt deal before the QPR game. Contract being finalised
— Joe Rawson (@joerawson) August 3, 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.
Scotland international Bridcutt spent last season on loan at Elland Road and became a popular figure among the club’s fanbase for his diligence protecting the defence.
Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay also revealed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning that a deal for Bridcutt has never been closer.
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
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.
The former Chelsea trainee, 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 busy 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 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.