Leeds United: Cardiff and Reading join Whites in Bridcutt battle

IN DEMAND: Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt.
IN DEMAND: Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt.
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LEEDS United face competition from Championship rivals Cardiff City and Reading for Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

Whites head coach Steve Evans has been chasing Bridcutt for the past week and hoped to secure the loan signature of the 26-year-old in time for last Tuesday’s Championship clash with Cardiff.

The deal did not go through in time with Evans then hoping to tie up terms before Saturday’s derby at Huddersfield Town but Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce said on Thursday that the Briductt to Elland Road switch was “confused, a bit like Leeds.”

And now it has emerged that Cardiff and Reading are also interested in securing the services of Bridcutt with the player and Sunderland weighing up his best option.

Asked about the Bridcutt latest after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield, Evans said: “I spoke to Liam on Friday and the conversation went extremely well.”

United remain hopeful of signing the defensive midfielder but no movement is expected today with Evans also chasing a goalkeeper and a striker.

Leeds have been linked with West Brom shotstopper Anders Lindegaard to provide competition for Marco Silvestri but Whites sources have dismissed fanciful suggestions that United are chasing Stoke City striker Peter Crouch.

Norwich City duo Kyle Lafferty and Lewis Grabban have also been linked with moves to Leeds who recorded back to back wins under Evans with Saturday’s impressive victory at Huddersfield.

Leeds return to action after the international break at home to Rotherham United a week on Saturday.