The midfielder spent much of last season on loan at Leeds, impressing in central midfield.
Though it has looked for a while as if midfielder Liam Bridcutt is set to make a permanent move to Leeds United, there could be a spanner in the works as a report on Monday claimed that Aston Villa are also keen on the midfielder.
Sunderland midfielder Bridcutt spent a largely successful spell on loan at Elland Road last season, impressing so much in his initial spell that his time at the Whites was extended until the end of the campaign with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
However, despite the 27-year-old making 27 appearances in all competitions and former manager Steve Evans publicly admitting his desire to sign the midfielder permanently, Leeds have not moved quickly to secure his signing.
That could be due to the managerial change at Elland Road, with Garry Monk replacing Evans and bringing his own list of transfer targets, but whatever the reason, the Whites' delay has allegedly allowed Villa to prepare to act on their interest.
Villa have already boosted their central midfield options this summer with the signing of Aaron Tshibola from Reading, but Bridcutt would add steel, dynamism, and experience to their side.
Villa supporters on Twitter seemed to approve of the possibility of signing Bridcutt, who has starred in the Championship for both Leeds and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Liam Bridcutt would be an excellent signing. Strong, takes no crap & wins the ball. Something we lack, ow & championship experience! #avfc— Mark Reading (@MarkReading25) July 18, 2016
Bridcutt would be a decent signing tbf— Mike (@Mike_Freestone) July 18, 2016
We have to be signing players to build a squad that will battle to get us promoted. I can see why we'd be after a player like Liam Bridcutt— Dr Andy Townsend (@AndyTownsend_AV) July 18, 2016
Meanwhile, Leeds fans were divided about potentially missing out on signing Bridcutt; though some believe it would be a big blow to the club's ambition and aspirations, some appear to believe their hesitancy is likely due to Monk not being as keen on the player as Evans was.
If we lose out on Bridcutt, we can't seriously believe that we've strengthened our squad versus last year. #Lufc— Zak Allen (@Zak_Allen) July 18, 2016
Bridcutt might be going villa? Ffs Cellino cough up the money for him his a class player— Zak Orton (@zakorton1) July 18, 2016
Really hope we try sign Bridcutt. His experience and bite would be essential in our midfield. Stand out player for much of last season.— Scott Eaglen (@ScottEaglen) July 18, 2016
Villa could be looking at Bridcutt, need to get him signed quick if we want him I think. #lufc— Anthony Armitage (@Ant1970) July 18, 2016
If we don't sign Liam Bridcutt (which I don't think we will) think it highlights an issue and indicates we don't have money to compete #lufc— Ian Lillystone (@ianlilly) July 18, 2016
Bridcutt's wages have to be a problem for #lufc unless he's prepared to take significant cut. Villa can probably afford his salary.— Prokyp (@Prokyp) July 18, 2016
I think I'm the only Leeds fan not particularly fussed about signing Bridcutt. Good player admittedly but he's not a must for me. #lufc— Tommy D (@tdski_LUFC) July 18, 2016