Sunderland flop Liam Bridcutt signs for Leeds United

Liam Bridcutt has made his move from Leeds United to Sunderland permanent.
Liam Bridcutt has made his move from Leeds United to Sunderland permanent.
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Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt today joined Leeds United on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old, who made 36 appearances for the Black Cats after joining from Brighton in 2014, has signed a two-year deal at Elland Road.

Sunderland signed him for an undisclosed fee, believed to be between £3million-£4million, and he made his debut in a 3-0 derby over Newcastle United at St James's Park.

After that bright start, he gradually fell out of favour, and found first-team opportunities limited after the departure of Gus Poyet, who signed him.

Leeds have been chasing the Scotland midfielder ever since his successful loan spell with the club last season and have finally been able to tie him down.

"It feels good, it's been a long time coming, been dragged out but now it's done and we can concentrate on playing football," Bridcutt said.

"I enjoyed myself here last season, the boys made me feel welcome and it was a club I enjoyed playing for.

"I was very happy here, now we have new management and the persistence from Leeds was all I wanted."

The 27-year-old was nominated for Leeds' player of the year award last season, despite spending less than half of the campaign at Elland Road.

Manager Garry Monk added: "I'm very pleased to have Liam on board. When I first came into the club, I analysed all the games from last season and Liam contributed really well.

"He has that bit of leadership and personality that will help the group. I'm very pleased to have him through the door - I know what he's capable of."