Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt has extended his loan spell at Championship side Leeds United until the end of the season.
Bridcutt moved to Elland Road with Leeds struggling near the bottom of the division but has been in fine form as the Whites have gone seven matches unbeaten to climb up the table.
The 26-year-old was due to return to Sunderland following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with MK Dons but will now remain in West Yorkshire until the end of the campaign, and Leeds boss Steve Evans is hoping the clubs will be able to agree a permanent deal in the future.
“I’m really pleased to have my number one target on board at this early stage of the window,” Evans told the club’s official website.
“I like players who prove a point and Liam has done exactly that since he first arrived. He’s made a big impression here and has become a fans’ favourite in short space of time.
“Liam has consistently produced performances of an extremely high standard for us, which is all the more impressive when you consider he hadn’t played any league football this season prior to joining.
“He’s fitted into the group seamlessly and getting him signed up again comes as very positive news for us to start the New Year with. We’ve got him until the end of the season but if he continues the way he has been playing, then it puts us in a good position to speak to Sunderland about keeping him in the summer.”
Glover joins Sunderland
Meanwhile, Leeds’ head of recruitment Martyn Glover has moved in the opposite direction, joining Sunderland, where he will be reunited with Sam Allardyce.
Glover worked with the Black Cats manager at West Ham before moving to Elland Road in the summer, and was heavily involved with Uwe Rosler’s transfer activity, as well as the loan deal for Bridcutt.