By Wayne Veysey

18th Aug, 2017 | 10:22am

BBC: Leeds player loved by Monk could quit as direct rivals ramp up interest

By Harry Sykes

Nottingham Forest are exploring whether they can strike a deal for Leeds club captain Liam Bridcutt before the transfer window shuts, according to a report.

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport reported on their Twitter account on Friday morning that Forest manager Mark Warburton is looking to add another midfielder to his squad and has set his sights on central midfielder Bridcutt.

The east Midlands club, who are direct promotion rivals of Leeds, are keen to take advantage of the contract situation of the 28-year-old, who has 10 months remaining on his contract.

He has also slipped down the pecking order of manager Thomas Christiansen, who has preferred Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips as his central midfield partnership for the opening three league matches of the season.

Indeed, Bridcutt did not even make the matchday 18 for the first two league fixtures and was an unused substitute in the goal-less draw against Fulham on Tuesday night.

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In addition to O’Kane and Phillips, Ronaldo Vieira and summer signing Mateusz Klich appear to be ahead of the former Chelsea trainee in the battle for central midfield places.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds should only sell Bridcutt if they are made a £1million-plus offer and have an alternative lined up to replace him. As Christiansen points out, the season is long and Leeds will need the experience and controlling presence of the midfield anchorman. Bridcutt is perfect when a team has a lead to sit out, but his lack of adventure and passing range can be a major hindrance when goals are needed. Monk loved the commitment and character of the 28-year-old enough to make him skipper and make him a fulcrum of the side. Christiansen does not value him as highly, but Leeds should not rush to cash in unless the deal makes total sense.

In other Leeds United transfer news, Football Insider can exclusively reveal that three Premier League clubs have tabled formal bids for Wood.

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