Imminent Leeds United signing Liam Bridcutt was once the subject of high praise at Brighton.
Leeds United are close to sealing the signing of Liam Bridcutt on loan from Sunderland, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting a deal is imminent.
The Whites are hoping to announce the switch today (Tuesday), as new head coach Steve Evans urgently seeks to add more quality to his squad.
Bridcutt is a midfielder whose 'quality' saw former boss Gus Poyet hail him as good enough for one of European football's giants.
Poyet managed him at Brighton and Hove Albion, and would later sign him for Sunderland.
The Uruguayan was quoted by The Mail in early 2013: "If I was coach of Real I would take him because he deserves to go to the highest level.
"As a holding midfielder, there is no better player in the division. So he is quite expensive."
This is one reason of many why Gus Poyet is not manager of Real Madrid.
It must be a real disappointment to him the way Bridcutt failed to kick on at Sunderland, alongside Poyet's other signing from Brighton, Will Buckley.
Buckley is already on loan at Leeds, although is yet to make an impact yet, and the pair were both seen as surplus to requirements at the Black Cats under Dick Advocaat and now in Bridcutt's case, Sam Allardyce too.
If Steve Evans can get him back to performing like the best holding midfielder in the Championship, then it will prove to be a very smart signing, but Bridcutt should not expect Real to come calling no matter how well he plays.