Steve Evans explains conversation with Liam Bridcutt, claims Leeds have January agreement

Elland Road pitchside

Steve Evans has spoken of his delight after signing Liam Bridcutt today.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told the club's official website that he is 'delighted' to have brought Liam Bridcutt to the club.

Bridcutt, 26, came up through the ranks at Chelsea before moving on to Brighton, and having impressed there, he followed his former Seagulls boss Gus Poyet to Sunderland.

However, the midfielder has become an outcast without Poyet at the club, and with no opportunities under new boss Sam Allardyce' Bridcutt has signed for Leeds United on loan.

Bridcutt is new manager Steve Evans' first signing as Leeds boss, and he could well be in the squad to face Queens Park Rangers this weekend after a remarkable turn of events.

It looked like Bridcutt's move to Leeds had fallen through, but a deal was agreed late last night as Evans claims the midfielder rejected two Championship rivals in favour of a move to Elland Road.

Speaking to the club's official website, Evans revealed what exactly he said to Bridcutt in order to secure the transfer, admitting his delight that the deal has been done.

The Scot also stated that whilst Bridcutt has only joined on loan until January, Leeds do then have an agreement with Sunderland to extend the deal until the end of the season if all parties are happy to do so.

"We’re delighted," said Evans. "When I first came in and assessed the squad, I looked at that central area and I wanted somebody that carries the qualities of Liam in there. Liam can play a in defensive role or an attacking role. He’s high energy and he really is a step up in terms of the quality of everything he does. But he has to come and endorse and embrace what we do because we’ve got some very good players in there."

"We sat and chatted for a while and the first thing I wanted to hear was that he hadn’t given anybody a ‘yes’ to sign for them. He said ‘no’ but it was looking likely that he was going to another club in the Championship. He had a choice of three in the end – two others and ourselves. I asked him if he’d played at Elland Road, if he’d played against Leeds United, if he’d seen the support and if he’d done any research into the football club."

"He’s only here for a short space of time initially but I think it will be extended until the end of the season. That has been pretty much agreed by all parties, subject to everybody being happy at the time. I’ve spoken to him about getting his career back on track, playing regular football and looking forward to Saturdays and Tuesdays again," he added.

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