Cardiff scouts watch Leeds target Liam Bridcutt against Liverpool

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Cardiff City are continuing to monitor Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, ahead of the emergency loan deadline.

Bridcutt is the only member of Sunderland’s first-team squad who has been made available by Sam Allardyce, with the Black Cats boss still making up his mind on the rest of the players he inherited from Dick Advocaat.

Leeds United have spent the past month attempting to sign Bridcutt on loan, yet despite agreeing terms with all parties, the move appears to have died and the Championship outfit are running out of time to resurrect a deal ahead of tomorrow’s 5pm emergency loan deadline.

However, Bridcutt has also been a target for Reading and Cardiff, with the latter sending scouts to Sunderland Under-21s’ clash against Liverpool last night.

Bridcutt played all 120 minutes in Sunderland’s extra-time defeat and showed some fight in the middle of the park.

The 26-year-old was thought to have been interested in a move to Leeds, yet after not featuring for the first-team all season, will have to see if another exit route materialises.

Bridcutt is likely to be the only high profile loan departure before the deadline, albeit the likes of Adam Matthews and Charis Mavrias both featured for the U21s against Liverpool too.

But more of the club’s homegrown talent could depart after Sunderland have been more willing to sanction exits for their U21 players over recent weeks.

Martin Smith, George Honeyman and Mikael Mandron have headed to neighbours Gateshead and Hartlepool, with the likes of left-back Tommy Robson also attracting interest from Football League outfits.