Leeds United's protracted transfer saga surrounding last season's loanee Liam Bridcutt could be about to be resolved, with the Yorkshire Post claiming that the midfielder is discussing personal terms with the club after cancelling his Sunderland deal.
Bridcutt impressed during a seven-month loan spell at Elland Road last season, playing 27 times in all competitions and generally adding both steel and dynamism to the centre of Steve Evans' midfield.
It had been expected that the Whites would move quickly to secure Bridcutt on a permanent deal this summer, but with the Championship seasons already having started, the deal appeared to have died in the water.
However, the Yorkshire Post now claim that the move has taken a giant leap forward as the 27-year-old has mutually agreed with the Black Cats to have the final year of his contract ripped up.
That has allowed him complete freedom in negotiating for himself, and he is thought to be in discussions over personal terms ahead of sealing his return to Yorkshire.
The report claims that Sunderland are still looking for a fee of around £1.5 million for the move to go ahead, so that they can cover the severance cost in terminating Bridcutt's final year.
The former Brighton man is thought to be on around £26,000 per week on Wearside.
His arrival at Leeds now appears imminent, however, in what will be a huge boost for Whites supporters.
Bridcutt was a popular figure during his stint at Elland Road last term, and with the club having lost golden boy Lewis Cook to Bournemouth earlier this summer, fans will be looking for a new hero in the middle of the park.