Liam Bridcutt's spell on Wearside looks to finally be coming to an end as he moves closer to becoming Sunderland's first departure of the David Moyes reign.
The Scotland international midfielder has no place at the Stadium of Light and it was a clear sign when he took no part in the pre-season games including the trip to France.
Possible return is favourable
Leeds United are keen to bring back the 27-year-old to Elland Road again after a successful loan spell at the end of last season but this time on a permanent basis and reports suggest the deal between the two clubs is moving quickly.
Sunderland are keen to sell and Leeds are just as keen to buy, Bridcutt has a year left on his contract worth £26,000 a week with the Black Cats and the club are keen to avoid to subsidise the shortfall of the wages difference.
The former Brighton player made 24 league game appearances for Leeds while on loan and he made a significant impact which got noticed by the new manager Garry Monk to want to get him back Elland Road.
No future as a Black Cat
The Leeds manager Steve Evans had previously said he wanted to sign Bridcutt permanently but was replaced by former Swansea boss Monk ahead of the new season, but he too desires to have the midfielder back in order to revamp the squad.
Sunderland are desperate to remove Bridcutt and others from the books to save on wages, he is equally keen to leave Wearside once and for all after spending the final six months of last season on loan.
Although Leeds are not the only club in the running to get the signature of Bridcutt, as Aston Villa have been reported to have been linked with a move for him, but Leeds are in pole position.