Liam Bridcutt’s hopes of a summer move to Leeds United are in the balance as the Championship club line-up options to replace manager Steve Evans.
Evans is a big fan of the 27-year-old Sunderland midfielder and has spoken highly of his impact after arriving on loan last November.
The Scottish international is surplus to requirements at Sunderland, with Sam Allardyce keen to offload him and free up wages for new recruits.
But hopes of a summer transfer could be dashed if the Yorkshire club replace Evans, as looks increasingly likely.
Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke is in firm contention after a formal bid was made to speak to the former Hartlepool United midfielder.
Clarke has been a major success since going into management and has led Bristol Rovers to back-to-back promotions from the National League and League Two.
Evans officially remains in post at Elland Road.
The Scot has a deal until the end of June and was due back at work today after a short break but he looks poised to part company.
Leeds are understood to be keen on bringing Bridcutt, who played in 28 games last season, back permanently but any deal would have to be sanctioned by their new manager.
Meanwhile, Sunderland have been linked with a move for Scottish international James Morrison and Polish winger Kamil Grosicki.
Middlesbrough are also keen on bringing Morrison, 29, back to the Riverside when his contract at West Bromwich Albion runs out this summer.
Morrison hasn’t played since rupturing his hamstring against Chelsea in January though.
A wideman is high on the list of Sunderland’s priorities and Grosicki has spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old Stade Rennais winger, who is also being tracked by Southampton, is under contract with the French club until 2019.
“To play in the English league is the dream of every footballer,” said Grosicki.
“To be there, you have to play well, have great managers, happiness. If I went there, I could tell that something was achieved in football,” he told a Polish website.
Any move for Lille full-back Djibril Sidibe appear dead in the water, with Sunderland reported to be unwilling to pay the £12million asking price.