The Villans are reportedly speaking to Sunderland about the midfielder, who starred on loan at Leeds last term.

Sunderland’s Bridcutt

Aston Villa are speaking to Sunderland over the signing of midfielder Liam Bridcutt, the Sun reports (Monday edition, page 51).

Bridcutt, who impressed on loan at Leeds United last season, has 12 months to run on his Stadium of Light contract.

The report implies the 27-year-old is being lined up as a replacement for midfield pair Carlos Sanchez and Jordan Veretout, who it states are closing in moves to Marseille.

Veretout looks set for a return to France

The link should come as no surprise given Bridcutt’s association with Villa assistant Steve Clarke, who was on the staff at first club Chelsea.

The Reading-born player left the Blues for Brighton & Hove Albion in summer 2010 – a year before current Villa boss Roberto di Matteo returned to Stamford Bridge as number 2 to Andre Villas Boas – and was signed by Sunderland in a reported £3 million deal in January 2014.

Villa assistant Clarke has worked with Bridcutt before

Deemed surplus to requirements by Sam Allardyce last autumn, Bridcutt moved to Leeds for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign.

And the Yorkshire Evening Post reported in June that the Whites remain keen on a permanent deal for the Scotland international, despite a change of manager at Elland Road.

Bridcutt at Leeds last season

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