Leeds United are closing in on the signing of Liam Bridcutt amid growing signs that Sunderland are ready to do a deal to move the midfielder out of the Stadium of Light.
Leeds and Sunderland have been negotiating a permanent transfer throughout the summer and attempts to bring Bridcutt back to Elland Road after his successful spell on loan last season have been held up by haggling over the termination of his contact in the north east.
Bridcutt has a year left on a deal worth £26,000 a week and Sunderland were keen to avoid bearing the cost of paying up his last 12 months.
Leeds were equally intent on reaching an agreement which fits in with the existing wage structure at Elland Road but sources close to the midfielder have told the YEP that the two sides are on the verge of striking a deal after further discussions this week.
Bridcutt favours a return to Leeds having made 24 league appearances for the club while on loan last season.
The former Brighton midfielder is determined to move on from the Stadium of Light this summer after losing his place in Sunderland’s first team.
Bridcutt has not appeared for the Premier League club since the end of the 2014-15 campaign and he was left out of a pre-season tour to France by new manager David Moyes.