Report: Leeds fend off three Championship rivals to secure imminent Bridcutt deal

Liam Bridcutt is reportedly set to extend his stay at Leeds United.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt is set to sign a loan extension until the end of the season with Leeds United.

Bridcutt, 26, fell out of favour at Sunderland this season, and was sent out on loan to Leeds in November - and he has been integral ever since.

The Scottish midfielder has been an ever-present for Steve Evans so far, and his work protecting the Leeds back four has been vital in the club's seven-match unbeaten run.

Unsurprisingly, Evans has been looking to keep Bridcutt at the club for the rest of the season, and it appears that he has now secured that deal.

The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Bridcutt is poised to sign an extension to his loan deal within the next 24 hours, with a view to joining Leeds on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

Given Bridcutt's impact during his time at Leeds so far, this is a crucial deal for Evans, and even more so because of rival interest from Championship clubs.

The report states that Championship rivals Brighton, Cardiff and Reading were all hoping to lure Bridcutt away from Elland Road, but Bridcutt has chosen to snub that interest and stay with Leeds for the foreseeable future - and possibly beyond the end of the season.

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