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The hometown lure that could see Leeds United miss out on Liam Bridcutt

The Sunderland midfielder is now wanted by his hometown club Reading.

Leeds United have been heavily linked with a deal to bring in Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt in recent weeks. The former Brighton player is out of the first-team picture at the Stadium of Light and would be following in the footsteps of his former Seagulls and current Sunderland team-mate Will Buckley by making a temporary switch to Elland Road.

Leeds seemed to be on the verge of completing the deal last week, it was even rumoured he might have played in the recent win against Cardiff City.

But the deal has now dragged on with other Championship teams hoping to swoop. It was reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post this week that Cardiff and Reading were also keen on the player - with the latter being a serious threat to their chances of signing the player.

Firstly, Bridcutt is a Reading boy. He may have never made it into the youth system at the club but like many a young talent from the Berkshire town he instead came through the youth system at Chelsea. That desire to play for a hometown club and enjoy home comforts must be tempting for any professional footballer.

Then there is Reading head coach Steve Clarke. Clarke worked at Chelsea when Bridcutt was a youngster and may also prove a tempting factor in any deal.

Reading need cover in midfield with Aaron Tshibola out injured for a number of months and bringing Bridcutt home would be a shrewd move from the Royals.

Leeds have a battle on their hands.

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