The Leeds United/Liam Bridcutt saga has ebbs and flows and it seems that there is going to be little let up according to a report by Phil Hay in the Yorkshire Evening Post (YEP).
Bridcutt had a seven-month loan spell at Leeds United that took in the end of 2015 and all of the 2016 portion of the 2015/16 Championship campaign. He put in a series of assured displays that Leeds fans took to heart. In doing this he became somthing of a fan-favourite, with the Whites support taken by his coherent and consistent displays.
As the season ended, Bridcutt returned to parent club Sunderland with many saying that his future there was over. Leeds United, however were said to still be interested in acquiring the services of the Sunderland defensive midfielder – the value Sunderland placing on him being set apparently at £1.5m.
However, a piece of information that will undoubtedly give Leeds fans some hope is news (confirmed by Phil Hay’s Tweet – below) that Bridcutt no longer features in Sunderland’s long-term plans.
Bridcutt's been left out of Sunderland's tour to France so there's no question of him being involved at Sunderland this season. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 24, 2016
Hay says in other Tweets that money seems to be the main factor affecting both sides of this particular transfer equation. From a Sunderland perspective, Hay says that: “It’s all about money. Sunderland don’t want to bear [the]cost of paying up Bridcutt’s last yr [sic].”
Hay’s article in the YEP expands on the monetary side of the coin from a Leeds perspective saying that, “Bridcutt’s current wage stands at around £26,000 a week – far above the typical weekly salary at Leeds – and Sunderland value the 27-year-old in excess of £1.5m.”
However, it is thought that Bridcutt himself is more than open to a permanent return to Elland Road, the sticking point obviously being the issue of money and matching figures between Sunderland and Leeds United.