Leeds United are in danger of being left behind by their Championship rivals, with their plans for next season still far from being completed.
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has told the Chronicle that he is looking to offload his fringe players quickly this season, meaning that Leeds United need to act rapidly if they are to have any chance of signing Liam Bridcutt.
“We’ll address the situation as part of the big summer turnaround," Allardyce said. “We’ll try to do it as quickly as we possibly can. They have been out on loan and we’ll try to get them back out on loan again at the earliest opportunity, if we can’t move them on permanently.”
Bridcutt has impressed on a loan spell from Leeds from Sunderland this past campaign, and he has become a key player for the Whites.
Bridcutt has previously suggested that he would be willing to move to Elland Road permanently, but Leeds now face a race against time if they are to sign him.
The Whites simply are in no place to make plans for next season yet, with uncertainty surrounding the Yorkshire club at the moment.
Manager Steve Evans is still unsure of his future, Leeds’ pre-season plans are nowhere near being finalised, and there is no head of recruitment in place.
As a result, Leeds cannot be drawing up plans to sign players and that will leave them behind the competition in the race for Bridcutt - which could prove costly.
Bridcutt’s performances for Leeds are likely to have attracted plenty of other Championship club’s attention, and they are likely to be more prepared to make a bid for the central-midfielder that the Whites currently are.
With Sunderland looking to get their business wrapped up quickly, Leeds no longer have time on their side, and if they want Bridcutt to be part of their team for next season, they must act fast.