Ex-Leeds manager identifies must-signing for Monk this summer
By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans has identified Leeds target Liam Bridcutt as a “must signing” for the club in the remaining weeks of the transfer window.
Midfield enforcer Bridcutt spent last season on loan at Elland Road and became a key player in the Evans side that finished 13th in the Championship.
The Yorkshire giants have yet to clinch the deal but Radio Yorkshire’s Joe Rawson suggested on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night that Leeds remain “confident” of signing Bridcutt from Sunderland within the “next few days”.
Replying to a Twitter follower who claimed the former Chelsea trainee is on £26,000-a-week at Sunderland and it was proving difficult to meet his salary demands, Rawson said “nail hit on the head” but still spoke of Leeds’ confidence in pushing through the deal before their Championship opener against QPR on Sunday.
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— Joe Rawson (@joerawson) August 4, 2016
Evans has no doubts about the significance of pushing through a deal for Bridcutt but says Monk must also add further to the seven senior signings he has made this summer as Leeds aim for promotion to the Premier League.
“Every day that goes past they have more of a chance of getting into the play-offs,” Evans told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, which was broadcast on 4 August on talkSPORT, when asked whether Leeds could get promoted this season.
“Cook was always going to be sold, but Liam Bridcutt is a must signing for them. If Garry can get one or two more players, they can get in the top six.”
It has been reported that a deal for Bridcutt hangs on the issue of the former Brighton midfielder’s wages, and whether Sunderland will pay the shortfall.
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, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.
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