Championship rival set to swoop for former Whites captain

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Liam Bridcutt hasn’t started a competitive fixture so far for Leeds United this season, which has fuelled speculation that he is vying for a move away from Elland Road.

Missing out on the eighteen-man squad again for Saturday’s win over Sunderland was a sign that his Leeds career could be coming to a swift end after spending only one and a half seasons with the club.

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Championship side Nottingham Forest have expressed an interest in signing the former Whites captain, which would end only a full year’s association in West Yorkshire.

It would be a shame to see Bridcutt go as the midfielder has proved during his spell with United that he is a very capable leader, his spell as captain last term being a prime example of this, and is very good at breaking up play in the holding midfield role.

Despite only featuring against Port Vale this season as a half-time substitute, the 28-year-old, along with winger Ezgjan Alioski, practically changed the game for Leeds.

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His vital interceptions and passing got Leeds on the front foot and allowed their attacking prowess to flourish in an emphatic 4-1 win.

The BBC reported on Friday that Forest were keen on Bridcutt and should the rumours of the Scottish International’s departure be true, Leeds United’s other remaining holding would have an average age of 23.

It would be huge knock down in experience in that department, especially seen as new arrivals Madger Gomes and Mateusz Klich haven’t featured in the Championship before which could back to hinder the Whites later on in the season, should injuries take their toll on the midfield.

Image result for Mateusz Klich gettyLeeds will need to act quickly, with just over a week remaining of the transfer window, if they are to replace Birdcutt (should he leave), Chris Wood as well as bring in other attacking options after stand-in forward Caleb Ekuban and Pablo Hernandez suffered injuries in the victory over Sunderland.