Liam Bridcutt in action for Leeds United
According to The Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United remain keen on a deal for Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt - but had hoped to land him on a free transfer.
The Whites are set to make Kalmar striker Marcus Antonsson their first signing of the summer according to Swedish outlet Fotboll Direkt, with the goalscorer completing a medical ahead of his move to Elland Road.
Whilst Antonsson is closing in on a move to Leeds, the club may yet to be working on a deal to bring back a player who played a huge role at Elland Road last term.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Leeds remain keen on a move for Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, after he spent six months on loan with the club this past season.
The 27-year-old was signed by Steve Evans back in November having struggled for first-team football at Sunderland, and he became a key part of the Leeds midfield with 28 appearances in all competitions.
Now back at Sunderland, Bridcutt appears to have little future at the Stadium of Light, and Leeds are allegedly 'weighing up the cost of a permanent deal' for the former Brighton man.
It's claimed that Bridcutt earns around £26,000-a-week in wages at Sunderland, and Leeds were hoping to get the player on a permanent basis by negotiating a free transfer.
However, Sunderland are believed to be looking to recoup some of the £2.5m they spent on Bridcutt back in January 2014, leaving Leeds to consider their next move for the player as they would rather not have to pay a transfer fee for the player.
Even with a new manager in place after Garry Monk replaced Evans, it seems that Leeds are still in the market for Bridcutt, and they will be hoping to finally reach an agreement with Sunderland in the coming weeks.
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