Bid incoming: Club working on deal to sign Leeds senior player who was loved by Monk - report
By Harry Sykes
Nottingham Forest are exploring whether they can strike a deal for Liam Bridcutt after he slipped down the Leeds United pecking order, according to a report.
The Nottingham Post claim Forest manager Mark Warburton is looking to add another midfielder to his squad and has set his sights on Leeds club captain Bridcutt.
It is said that the east Midlands club are “exploring” the possibility of exploiting the contract situation of the 28-year-old, who has 10 months remaining on his contract.
Leeds have brought in midfielders Mateusz Klich and Vurnon Anita this summer, and manager Thomas Christiansen has preferred Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips as his central midfield partnership for the opening three league matches of the season.
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Leeds should only sell Bridcutt if they 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.
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