Leeds’ hopes of signing Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt on a three-month loan deal have been further complicated after Reading and Cardiff entered the race.
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 Bridcutt to Elland Road switch was “confused, a bit like Leeds”.
Bridcutt has made 36 appearances since signing for the Black Cats in January 2014, but has fallen out of favour this season and has yet to appear under either Dick Advocaat or Sam Allardyce.
With Reading and Cardiff both entering the race to sign him, the Black Cats will weigh up the best option as to where to send the player.
Asked about for the latest on Bridcutt’s situation 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 on Tuesday with Evans also chasing a goalkeeper and a striker.
One player who seems unlikely to join Leeds, however, is goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, with sources telling TEAMtalk on Monday that West Brom had rejected an enquiry from Leeds about the former Manchester United player.
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