According to the Sunderland Echo, Liam Bridcutt always favoured a loan move to Leeds United ever since he was given the green light to leave the club on a temporary basis.
The report states that Bridcutt always favoured the move to Leeds, despite Cardiff City looking the favourites for his signature after watching him in the under-21 game against Liverpool on Monday night.
The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes, including 30 minutes extra time, in the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in the U21 Premier League cup.
Bridcutt was officially announced as a Leeds United player on 26th November after weeks of speculation over whether a deal would come to fruition.
How important can Bridcutt be for Leeds?
If the former Chelsea midfielder is to make his loan move to Leeds a success then he will quickly need to get back to match fitness.
After spending the best part of the last two seasons on the fringes of first-team football, playing twice a week could be a shock to the system for him.
Nevertheless, going by the ability he showed at Brighton, he could be one of the most inspired loan signings of the season.
He is a tough tackling, highly competent defensive midfielder who will allow the flair players in the Leeds team the freedom to attack and hurt the opposition backline.
He could be influential in what could turn out to be a very progressive season for the Yorkshire side.