, Leeds United: Bridcutt saga moving to endgame

Leeds United: Bridcutt saga moving to endgame

The much-anticipated, drawn out affair of the transfer of Liam Bridcutt to Leeds United seems to have taken a step closer to nearing completion according to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Leon Wobschall.

It has been an on-off saga of a transfer with the two major sticking points being who will settle the final year of Bridcutt’s Sunderland contract, and the manner that this would take. Allied to is the matter of Bridcutt’s Premier League level wage of around £26,000 – both events needing to be sorted in order to bring about a successful completion of the deal to bring the Black Cats’ Bridcutt to Elland Road.

The first sign of movement came via Phil Hay’s Twitter feed (below):

Bridcutt arrived on loan at Elland Road in November 2015, the Whites purposefully taking him late so as to have him for the fixture-packed festive programme. The 27-year-old’s short-term loan finished in January, Leeds extending it to the season’s end. In total Bridcutt played 24 games in the colours of Leeds United, his displays earning much praise from Leeds United fans.

The YEP’s Wobschall says in his article that with chances limited at Sunderkand, and with a bleak-looking future in the North East, Bridcutt is looking to move to Leeds on a permanent basis. On this matter the YEP reporter said Bridcutt was: “keen on moving to Leeds on a full-time basis and eager to kick on his career” whilst also adding that a “deal is close to being brokered.”

It is thought that Sunderland, whilst agreeing terms on severing the final year of Bridcutt’s contract will be looking for a fee of around £1.5m to, in Wobschall’s words, “to ensure that the cost incurred in paying up Bridcutt’s contract does not leave them out of pocket.”

With this hurdle out of the way, all that remains is for the player and Leeds United to hammer out a deal as to personal terms with Phil Hay saying on his Twitter feed that midfielder Bridcutt is looking for a three-year deal in order to ink his signature on the dotted line and finally become a permanent Leeds United player.

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