Leeds United and Aston Villa fans react to rumours linking Liam Bridcutt with Villa

Sunderland Bridcutt

The midfielder spent much of last season on loan at Leeds, impressing in central midfield.

Sunderland Bridcutt

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.

Bridcutt Leeds

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.

Leeds Bridcutt

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.

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