By Alex Taylor
Sunderland have agreed the settlement of Liam Bridcutt’s contract to open the door for him to agree terms with Leeds, according to a reliable journalist.
The two clubs have been negotiating a permanent transfer throughout the summer following the midfielder’s successful loan spell at Elland Road last season, only for progress to be held up by haggling over the termination of his deal on Wearside.
Yorkshire Evening Post chief writer Phil Hay has claimed that hurdle is now overcome and the midfielder is free to discuss personal terms with Leeds.
“Bridcutt latest – he and Sunderland have agreed a settlement of his contract,” journalist Phil Hay tweeted. “Leeds now need to agree terms of a deal with him.”
It now appears that move to make him Garry Monk’s ninth summer signing is almost complete.
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.
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 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 the latest Leeds transfer news, Monk has summed up the potential of Leeds this season in two words.