By Amir Mir

Aston Villa and Leeds are sill interested in the services of Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, with the latter apparently unwilling to meet the club’s asking price, according to a report.

Radio Yorkshire journalist Joe Rawson said that Leeds and Villa still want Bridcutt, but the asking price of the former Chelsea youth player is proving too much for Garry Monk’s side.

It has been reported that Sunderland are holding out for a fee of between £1.5million and £2million.

The defensive-midfielder was on loan at the Yorkshire club last season and he made an impression on the supporters with his efficient defensive displays.

Rawson informed supporters on his personal Twitter account that there is still interest from the Whites for the Premier League player.

“No deal done for Liam Bridcutt as far as I’m aware,” said Rawson on his personal Twitter account. “Leeds still keen but asking price too high. Villa also in for him.”

Recently appointed Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo is looking to add defensive cover to his side after they conceded 76 goals last season, which led to the club’s relegation into the second-tier.

Midfielder Aaron Tshibola has signed from Reading on a long-term contract, while Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick joined the Midlands club earlier on in the summer for a fee of £3million.

Bridcutt has failed to establish himself in the Premier League, making only 30 appearances for the Black Cats since his move from Championship outfit Brighton two years ago.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the Championship side are closing in on landing a new senior-man at the club.