Steve Evans says Liam Bridcutt was Leeds United's number one January target

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Liam Bridcutt has extended his loan with Leeds United from Sunderland until the end of the season.

Steve Evans has told Leeds United’s official website that Liam Bridcutt was his number one target in the January transfer window, after the midfielder extended his loan spell at Elland Road earlier today.

Bridcutt’s original stay at Leeds from Sunderland had been expected to expire this week, but the 26-year-old will now stay with the Whites until the end of the season.

Bridcutt has played in every match he has been available for since moving to Leeds, and Evans was delighted with his side’s first piece of business in January.

“I’m really pleased to have my number one target on board at this early stage of the window,” Evans told the club's official website. “I like players who prove a point and Liam has done exactly that since he first arrived. He’s made a big impression here and has become a fans’ favourite in short space of time.

“Liam has consistently produced performances of an extremely high standard for us, which is all the more impressive when you consider he hadn’t played any league football this season prior to joining.

“He’s fitted into the group seamlessly and getting him signed up again comes as very positive news for us to start the New Year with.”

Bridcutt has already played eight times for Leeds, and he looks to be an established member of their starting team.

The former Brighton & Hove Albion man had barely featured prior to his move to West Yorkshire, but he has shown no signs of rust and is already a fans’ favourite at Elland Road.

Evans will be hoping that Bridcutt’s loan extension is the first deal of a productive transfer window for his team.

The 53-year-old boss has made no secret of his intentions to bring in players over the coming weeks, as he looks to build on the squad he inherited from Uwe Rosler.

Bridcutt will be eligible to feature in Leeds’ FA Cup match against Rotherham United on Saturday.

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