Liam Bridcutt is in at Leeds United until the end of the season, but Sunderland getting relegated could threaten a permanent move.
Liam Bridcutt has had an excellent loan spell at Leeds United, and the club secured an agreement to extend his deal until the end of the season.
Locking down the Sunderland midfielder on a permanent deal will become a priority in the summer if he continues his impressive form, and maintains a positive influence on a side which has not lost in seven matches.
Bridcutt is enjoying his spell at the club, telling The BBC that he feels he is back to his best, and is enjoying his football.
As it stands then with a financial agreement, a permanent deal should become a formality, but there is one major reason it may not happen.
That centres around the woeful season being experienced by his parent club Sunderland, who are at real risk of being relegated.
Despite improving under Sam Allardyce, they are the second worst team in the Premier League this season, and are four points away from safety.
If the Black Cats do suffer relegation, then Bridcutt will become a more valuable player for them.
Relegated sides need to cut wages, and this begins with their highest earners, the players who were brought in to help them avoid the drop in the first place.
Bridcutt is among these, and when sales are made, Sunderland might just re-consider what they have in Bridcutt, an excellent Championship player, who will give them a greater chance of getting out of the division.
Leeds will become a rival, and then a sale will not be so straightforward.
Fans of the Whites need to hope Sunderland maintain their Premier League status, to give them the best chance of retaining Bridcutt permanently, for if they do, he will continue to be surplus to requirements.
The best case scenario is that Bridcutt can inspire Leeds to the play-offs and potential promotion, and pass Sunderland on their way down if the Black Cats are indeed relegated.