Former Premier League star Gus Poyet's latest managerial spell came to an end yesterday after he was sacked by AEK Athens, with the owner frustrated after the Uruguayan announced he would be leaving at the end of the season anyway, SkySports reported.
Bridcutt's future is to be determined at the end of the season, although his good performances for Leeds have made him a a player the club wish to retain, but it could depend on Sunderland's plans.
Poyet's return to the Championship could complicate matters further. Bridcutt was an integral part of his Brighton and Hove Albion side, so much so that he signed him for Sunderland.
While Bridcutt was not a success in the Premier League, he is a proven performer at Championship level.
Poyet once famously claimed he was good enough to play for Real Madrid, telling The Mail in 2013: "If I was coach of Real I would take him because he deserves to go to the highest level. As a holding midfielder, there is no better player in the division. So he is quite expensive.
"The best thing about Liam is that he understands me to an incredible level. The way he understands what I want from him is spectacular."
The Nottingham Post this week reported Forest are 'set to' come out of their transfer embargo this summer.
Poyet of course needs to clinch the Forest job before Leeds need to worry, but if he does now he is available, then their path to sign Bridcutt permanently may get more complicated.