Leeds United: Confusion leaves Bridcutt’s loan switch to Elland Road in the balance

Liam Bridcutt.
Liam Bridcutt.
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LIAM BRIDCUTT’S loan move to Leeds United is in the balance after Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce described the deal as “confused - like Leeds.”

Leeds head coach Steve Evans insisted last night that he was confident of sealing the signing of Bridcutt until January but Allardyce was surprised to see the midfielder report for training with Sunderland yesterday, believing Bridcutt had left for Elland Road.

Evans targeted the 26-year-old at the beginning of this week and was hopeful of securing him before Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Cardiff City but the transfer is up in the air despite Allardyce agreeing to release Bridcutt.

Evans said on Tuesday that the delay was down to issues “at both ends” but he admitted yesterday that Bridcutt was now the subject of rival interest from other Championship sides.

Allardyce, however, thought a transfer to United was in the process of being finalised ahead of Leeds’ visit to Huddersfield Town tomorrow and was at a loss to explain the hold-up.

Leeds have been affected by fresh problems this week following the rapid collapse of an offer by owner Massimo Cellino to sell his majority shareholding to supporters group Leeds Fans United.

Asked whether Bridcutt would be moving to Elland Road, Allardyce said: “It looks like it’s confused, like Leeds seem to be.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going through because he turned up here for training. I’ll have to pick the phone up and speak to Steve Evans about it.”

Evans said he wanted a decision on Bridcutt to be made by Sunday at the latest and conceded that the former Brighton player was unlikely to complete his move in time to feature at Huddersfield.

“We’re literally just waiting now and I think he has the right to consider what options that he has,” Evans said.

“He’s not going to be joining me this afternoon and playing in a derby for Leeds United where he’s shouting ‘Frank’ but it’s really big Sol. That would be a bit difficult, wouldn’t it?

“But we’ll have an answer by Sunday and if not, we’ll make a decision. I’m still confident and it’s the power of Leeds United really. It’s the power of this football club.

“I’m absolutely convinced that anybody that doesn’t want to sign for this football club is bonkers.”

Evans has been pressing for loan signings ever since his appointment in place of Uwe Rosler and he revealed that he was currently in discussions with another target.

“We’re also talking to another player as well,” he said.

“We’re trying to be very selective with who we bring into the group as we have got some good players here. We want to make sure first and foremost that we’re getting the best out of the group.

“When you go into the dressing room and make a signing it will either lift the eyebrows of everyone or it will lift no-one’s eyebrows. If we managed to get Liam in the door it would lift everyone’s eyebrows because I think the players know him and would welcome it.”