Sunderland to let Liam Bridcutt go – but not on loan

Liam Bridcutt.
Liam Bridcutt.
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Sunderland are only prepared to offload Liam Bridcutt on a permanent basis, despite loan interest in the midfielder.

The Black Cats are understood to have fielded several enquiries from Championship clubs interested in taking Bridcutt on loan, with his future uncertain under head coach Dick Advocaat.

But it is thought that Sunderland are not interested in sending Bridcutt out on loan and have made that clear to those that have enquired about his services.

Sunderland could offload Bridcutt if the price is right though.

While the ex-Chelsea man was a favourite of former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, he has been used sparingly by Advocaat – starting just one of the final nine games of last season and coming on at right-back during the second half of the friendly defeat to Sacramento Republic here in California.

But 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.

The same applies to winger Will Buckley, the other player that Poyet brought to Wearside from former club Brighton.

Advocaat admitted last week that some players will leave Sunderland before the end of the transfer window, with the Black Cats still keen to add a further three players, despite the £8million capture of Dutch international winger Jeremain Lens.

For the moment though, Bridcutt and Buckley remain part of the first-team squad, with the pair both in North America for the club’s pre-season tour.

They at least could have a chance of remaining at the club, unlike Charis Mavrias and Valentin Roberge, who are likely to join Santiago Vergini in leaving the club after remaining behind in the North East to train with the Under-21 squad.

It seems likely that Mavrias will rejoin Panathinaikos after spending the second half of last season on loan at the Greek club.