By Will Butcher

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has revealed that he is in talks to sign an unnamed Bundesliga midfielder, after being priced out of a move for Liam Bridcutt.

The former Cagliari owner is a keen admirer of the Sunderland midfielder and has been linked with bringing him back to Elland Road after last season’s successful loan spell.

However, the Daily Mail claim that 61-year-old is close to dropping his interest in the Scotland international.

He is concerned that Bridcutt won’t put pen to paper before the start of the season, and thinks that the 27-year-old’s £1.5million price tag is too high.

The Italian already has a potential replacement lined up though, after meeting with the agent of another midfielder from the Bundesliga on Saturday in his native Sardinia.

Cellino described the midfielder to the Mail as “similar” to Bridcutt, who normally operates as a marshal between the defence and midfield.

There are just over two weeks until Leeds begin their Championship campaign, starting with a trip to London to face Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s Queens Park Rangers on 7 August.

Manager Garry 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.

He has made six signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and Marcus Antonsson. The former Swansea manager doesn’t want to stop there though, and has been linked with the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Rico Henry and Andrea Lazzari.

In other Leeds transfer news, Monk is set to lose out to Champions League side Club Brugge for this man.