Impressing on loan at Leeds United, Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt finds himself a wanted man.
Joining Sunderland under the reign of Gustavo Poyet, his manager at previous club Brighton, at the end of January 2014, his signing was was met with excitement, with Poyet describing his new asset as 'good enough for Real Madrid'.
At Sunderland, Bridcutt, 26, was largely uninspiring at the Stadium of Light and eventually found himself on the fringes of the first team, having been dubbed 'not good enough' by fanzines and several media outlets alike.
However, since joining Leeds on loan, Bridcutt has made the central midfield position his own, with manager Steve Evans champing at the bit to keep him at Elland Road.
Recently recalled to the Scotland set-up, his performance against Blackburn Rovers proved the catalyst for Evans' positivity towards the midfielder.
"Time to move on"
The stumbling block would prove to be the seven-figure fee that Sunderland would like to recoup for the player, with the initial fee being touted as £3million, as Leeds' hierarchy tend to 'err on the side of caution' when spending profusely these days.
Sunderland, however, will likely allow the player to move on for a reduced fee, even with one year remaining on his contract at the Black Cats.
The Wearsiders find themselves with an abundance of midfield talent available, post-Bridcutt, with players such as Yann M'Vila, Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff, Sebastian Larsson and Ola Toivanen, it would appear Bridcutt would find it increasingly difficult to break into the first team, should he return to the Stadium of Light.