EXCLUSIVE by Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United midfielder Liam Bridcutt is having a medical at Nottingham Forest ahead of a move to the City Ground, Football Insider sources understand.
Bridcutt was not in the Leeds squad for Saturday’s win over Sunderland as talks continued with both clubs over a deal for the midfielder.
Forest had been given permission to hold talks with Bridcutt and the player has now travelled to Nottingham to undergo his medical after agreeing the move.
Bridcutt has found himself out of favour under new Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen, failing to appear in the Championship with his only appearance coming in the EFL Cup win against Port Vale.
The 28-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at Elland Road and Leeds have decided to sell him before the close of the transfer window at the end of the month.
Former Sunderland and Brighton midfielder Bridcutt could make his Championship debut for Forest ironically against Leeds this weekend if he seals his move to the City Ground.
Forest are currently fourth in the Championship table after three wins from their opening four games and Bridcutt’s arrival will add guile and experience to Mark Warburton’s side.
Forest manager Warburton recently said he was close to adding a new player and that he hoped he would make his debut on Wednesday in the League Cup.
“I would like to think that somebody could make their debut against Newcastle,” Warburton said, as quoted by the Nottingham Post. “If we can get it right; if we can get it done, I would like to see that happen.”
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