Leeds United are ready to agree to a deal to keep Liam Bridcutt on loan at the club, reports the Yorkshire Post.
The Whites are working on a rapid loan extension and the defensive midfielder is happy to commit his immediate future to the club.
If signed, the deal will see Bridcutt remain on loan at Leeds from Sunderland until the end of the season.
The 26 year olds initial loan deal expired after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with MK Dons at Elland Road, but Leeds expect Sunderland to honour an unwritten agreement which would see Bridcutt remain in Yorkshire until May.
He joined Leeds in November and has been influential in his short time at Elland Road, being part of an unbeaten run which extended to seven games on Saturday.
Steve Evans, United’s head coach, stated his desire to keep Bridcutt and said it was the “first deal I want in the door”, as he looks to sign up to four new players this January.
Bridcutt also appears keen on the offer, despite interest from his ex-club Brighton, who apparently want him on a permanent deal.
The midfielder has admitted that it is “time to move on from Sunderland”, after a difficult 18 months at the Wearside club.
After making his eighth appearance for Leeds on Saturday, Bridcutt said: “This officially was my last game.”
“I’m hoping to extend it to the end of the season and I want to extend it. Leeds want me here and it’s just waiting on Sunderland.”
“For me, game time is the most important thing. The manager (Evans) has been brilliant with me and given me a great opportunity to play. You can see that when I’m playing I’m back to my normal self.”
“It’s about time for me to move on from Sunderland and I want a new challenge.”
“I never really fell out of love with (football) but at Sunderland I was treated poorly. I’ve come here, the manager has treated me well and so have the players and the fans.”
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce did last month admit that he would like to sell Bridcutt on a permanent deal to raise more transfer funds for himself, but Steve Evans claimed that a “gentleman’s agreement” was in place to keep Bridcutt at Leeds and that a second deal was close.
Speaking after the draw with MK Dons on Saturday, Bridcutt said: “The first one I want in the door is Liam Bridcutt.”
“It’ll be a loan deal, that’s the agreement, and the one thing I know about Sam Allardyce is that he’d rather cut his nose off than not keep to his word.”
“The one thing I know about Sunderland is that they’ve intimated they’ll be doing that.”
“Until it’s done you can never count on it but that would be a positive for us. Liam’s 100 per cent sure he wants to stay so that’s good. I want to add two or three around him so I can have the team I want.”
Bridcutt also reiterated his commitment to choosing the right option for his next move, saying that at the moment that option is “proving to be Leeds.”
Leeds have improved since sacking ex boss Uwe Rosler and are currently unbeaten in seven games. They lie 13th in The Championship, nine points off the play offs.