By Alex Stevens
Liam Bridcutt has told Steve Evans that he is “100 per cent” keen on extending his loan spell with Leeds.
The Sunderland player’s initial emergency loan term come to an end following the Championship club’s clash with MK Dons on Saturday afternoon.
Leeds are keen to extend Bridcutt’s loan until the end of the season but the defensive midfielder is out of favour on Wearside and Sunderland could sell him on a permanent deal if they receive the right offer.
Bridcutt has helped Leeds climb up the table since his loan began at the end of November, with 12 points gained from the seven matches he has featured in.
Evans is eager to keep the ex-Brighton man on board and has said many times that the clubs have a “gentleman’s agreement” with Sunderland for Bridcutt to remain at Elland Road until May.
The downside for Evans is that Sunderland may prefer to bide their time in January and wait to see if they receive any permanent transfer offers before sanctioning a loan extension.
Evans said: “I can’t say I don’t have any concern about it, but I’m not panicking either. I know we’ve got a gentleman’s agreement with Sunderland and I’d like to think that will stay in place.
“But I know that could change if someone makes them or Liam a massive offer. If that happens then I’ll shake his hand and wish him well.
“Out of everyone, I’ve probably got the least control over this. A lot of it’s down to Sunderland and Sam Allardyce (Sunderland’s manager), but I’ve asked Liam if he wants to stay and he’s told me ‘100%’.”