Leeds United need an experienced midfielder and the former loanee would be perfect
The prospect of waiting until transfer deadline day to get a deal over the line may fill the majority of football fans with dread but in some instances patience could be key.
That may well be the case when it comes to Leeds United and Liam Bridcutt, with the Whites in desperate need of an experienced central midfielder and the player seemingly hoping for a return to Elland Road after a successful loan spell last season.
Hopefully things will be completed in good time, but if they do drag on, the twice-capped Scotland international is the one player that would be worth the wait for Leeds this summer.
Bridcutt showed last season what a quality option he is in the middle of the park, immediately transforming Leeds in that area and helping them climb up the table under former boss Steve Evans.
He may have gone, but new manager Garry Monk will be well aware of the lack of experience in midfield and in Bridcutt he would have the perfect solution.
Often deadline day is all about panic buys and last-minute loans, but if Sunderland are playing hard ball and both Leeds and Bridcutt want the move, the Whites should not give up on a deal that could define the Whites’ campaign until the clock ticks past 11:00pm on August 31.