By Dominic Toner
Liam Bridcutt will not be available for Leeds’ Championship clash agains Fulham on Tuesday night, according to a reliable journalist.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim Bridcutt, 27, underwent a Leeds medical on Monday and is set to be confirmed as their ninth signing of the summer on Tuesday.
The former Chelsea trainee could be followed through the Elland Road entrance door by Belgian defender Bryan Verboom after he reportedly agreed personal terms with Leeds.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has revealed on his personal Twitter account that Bridcutt will not be available for the Championship clash against Fulham as he was not signed before Monday’s midday cut-off point.
Bridcutt won’t be eligible for Fulham game tonight. Needed to be signed by 12 noon yesterday. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 16, 2016
Leeds have suffered a tough start to the new season with consecutive defeats against QPR and Birmingham.
They only narrowly progressed through their EFL Cup first-round tie against League One opponents Fleetwood Town with a 5-4 victory on penalties.
Garry Monk will be hoping the capture of Bridcutt can give his squad a boost but will need his current crop of players to grind out a result against Fulham on Tuesday.
Bridcutt, who has less than 12 months left on his contract at the Stadium of Light, has made just 30 Premier league appearances for Sunderland after signing in 2013.
He joined Leeds on loan last November from the Black Cats under then manager Steve Evans until the end of the season.
Bridcutt impressed the fans during his stay at Elland Road and manager Monk has been working on a deal to bring him back to the club permanently.
Monk has made eight signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson, Luke Ayling and Pablo Hernandez.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club’s Premier League target is mulling over a transfer request.