Liam Bridcutt should be a Leeds player already, so what's the hold up?

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt's future remains uncertain.

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt still somewhat surprisingly remains with the Black Cats.

It had appeared Bridcutt would be bound for Leeds United, with it revealed by the Yorkshire Evening Post the club were interested and optimistic of doing a deal.

That was back on November 2, and there has been no real progress.

Evans had even hoped to tie up a deal for that weekend's game away to Huddersfield. That did not prove to be successful, while a week later he was still not signed up in time for a friendly match against Wycombe on Friday.

The game would have been an ideal chance for Leeds to integrate him into the squad, and with their next fixture a derby against Rotherham, there is nothing to suggest Bridcutt would go straight into the starting line-up even if he was signed.

The reasons for the hold up in the deal remain unclear, with Allardyce saying a fortnight ago, reported The Star: "It looks like it’s confused, like Leeds seem to be. It doesn’t look like it’s going through because he turned up here for training.

"I’ll have to pick the phone up and speak to Steve Evans about it."

Evans has given all the indications so far that he is keen on the player, but the deal now appears to be in owner Massimo Cellino's hands.

The head coach told Leeds' website last week: "I know people are still talking and I know for a fact that the president was talking to the representatives of Liam last night (Wednesday) when I was with him over dinner."

A deal may yet get done, but this has been far more protracted that it needed to be. If there are unreasonable demands being made then Leeds are right to stand their ground.

Yet you might think the 26-year-old, who has yet to play a single minute of football this season, would be doing everything in his power to force the move through, which would ask questions if so as to why the clubs have not been able to get it sorted. 

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