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24th Jul, 2016 | 2:53pm

Reliable Leeds journalist: Target still wants Elland Road move, optimism about deal happening soon

By Harvey Byrne

Leeds former loanee and summer-long target Liam Bridcutt still wants a move to Elland Road this summer, according to a reliable journalist covering the club.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay took to his personal Twitter account on Sunday afternoon, saying that the player’s camp were still optimistic about a deal taking the defensive midfielder to the Whites.

The Daily Mail had reported that owner Massimo Cellino revealed he was in talks to sign an unnamed Bundesliga midfielder, after stating the asking price for Liam Bridcutt was too high, but these latest developments suggest that a deal could still happen for the Sunderland midfielder.

The same report also claimed that Cellino was concerned that Bridcutt wouldn’t put pen to paper before the start of the season, but Hay claims that Bridcutt’s camp is optimistic that a deal will happen, and happen soon.

There are just over two weeks until Leeds begin their Championship campaign, starting with a trip to London to face Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s Queens Park Rangers on 7 August.

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Manager Garry Monk has been very busy this summer and is looking to continue his Elland Road revolution, as he aims to return the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.

He has made six signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and Marcus Antonsson.

In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are closely monitoring Nantes striker Yacine Bammou.