Leeds United signing Liam Bridcutt now makes more sense than ever.
Lewis Cook of Leeds United in action with Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest
Leeds United's dream day yesterday turned sour, with news from The Telegraph that midfielder Lewis Cook would be sold to Bournemouth.
The Whites had earlier signed three players within 24 hours, bringing their tally for the summer up to six.
Just one of these is a central midfielder, with 20-year-old Matt Grimes signed on loan from Swansea City.
Former Blackburn Rovers loanee Matt Grimes
While Luke Murphy and January addition Toumani Diagouraga remain options in the middle, Leeds will be a little light in midfield in light of Cook's exit, especially with Tom Adeyemi and Liam Bridcutt having departed on loan.
One of these, Liam Bridcutt, should become a real priority in light of Cook's departure.
He signed from Sunderland late in 2015 on loan, and quickly became a fan favourite, even displacing Cook from his preferred defensive midfield role, to a more attacking position where the youngster never really looked comfortable.
Sunderland have no plans to keep Bridcutt, and the Sunderland Echo report he is available for just £500,000.
Leeds loanee Liam Bridcutt
This is a real bargain for a player who will need next to no time to settle in, being familiar with the set up at Elland Road and already knowing and having the respect of his teammates.
There are not many better quality players Leeds could bring in at that price, who could replace Cook in midfield.
New boss Garry Monk has shown he is favouring veteran experience, with the arrival of goalkeeper Rob Green, and bringing in Scottish international Bridcutt, 27, will strengthen the spine of the team and mitigate the ill feeling and negatives from Cook's departure.
Sunderland have no plans for Bridcutt