Sunderland outcast on verge of sealing Leeds United switch

Liam Bridcutt in training
Liam Bridcutt in training
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Sunderland misfit Liam Bridcutt is on the verge of a loan switch to Championship Leeds United.

The £2.5million midfielder hasn't made an appearance for the Black Cats this season despite being included in the 25-man Premier League squad.

And reports today suggest he is set to sign for Steve Evans at Elland Road, teaming up with fellow Sunderland outcast Will Buckley.

Leeds are desperate to strengthen their struggling squad and Bridcutt is surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light.

Bridcutt is set to sign for the Yorkshire side on loan until January and could make his debut against Cardiff on Tuesday night if Leeds complete the paperwork in time.

Evans said: "I have given a list to [head of recruitment] Martyn Glover and to the owner of a number of players that we think can help us.

"We may get one done today, we are literally waiting to see if we can get that over the line in time and done but we possibly need to bring in around three players before the loan window closes in late November.

"Then we get the chance between this period and December to evaluate everyone and make a decision on how we are to go forward.

"It wouldn’t be fair to me say who it is but the one thing I would say is that we have identified a number of players in each position and my first choice in this department of this team would be the one that we are very close to.

"But you don’t always get them in that particular order."

While the ex-Chelsea man was a favourite of former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, he was used sparingly by Dick Advocaat – starting just one of the final nine games of last season - and is yet to feature this campaign under new boss Sam Allardyce.

Sunderland are not prepared to make a hefty loss on the £2.5million they paid Brighton to sign Bridcutt 18 months ago, even if his wages could be covered during a loan stint in the Championship.