Report: Monk eyes raid on Leeds United, wants to reunite with Liam Bridcutt at Middlesbrough

New Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk during the press conference

Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk is reportedly keen on Leeds midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

New Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk during the press conferenceNew Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk

According to The Sun, Middlesbrough's new manager Garry Monk is looking to raid former club Leeds United with a move to sign midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

Monk, 38, shocked many by resigning as Leeds boss in May, and he landed his new job earlier this month by moving on to Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

Leeds United manager Gary Monk applauds fans after the matchEx-Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Boro suffered relegation from the Premier League last season, and Monk must look to mould his squad in order to mount a push for immediate promotion back to the top flight.

With speculation surrounding the future of Marten de Roon, another midfielder could be on Monk's radar to challenge with the likes of Grant Leadbitter and Adam Clayton.

Liam Bridcutt of Leeds United in action with Jiri Skalak of Brighton and Hove AlbionLiam Bridcutt of Leeds United in action with Jiri Skalak of Brighton and Hove Albion

The Sun now report that Monk is keen to launch a raid on former club Leeds in order to sign midfielder Liam Bridcutt, having worked together at Elland Road last season.

Bridcutt, 28, initially joined Leeds on loan from Sunderland in 2015, and penned a permanent deal last summer having impressed in midfield for the Whites.

Leeds United's Liam Bridcutt in action with Preston's Callum RobinsonLeeds United's Liam Bridcutt in action with Preston's Callum Robinson

The Scottish international played 25 times under Monk last season, with injuries and the presence of players like Eunan O'Kane, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips making his season a little stop-start.

It would be a huge surprise to see Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani agree to sell an important player to Monk given his acrimonious exit, but with new manager Thomas Christiansen no doubt looking to bring in new faces, he may look to raise funds for other moves, meaning a big bid from Middlesbrough could give Leeds something to think about.

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