Cardiff City, Leeds United and Reading face a three-way battle to sign Scotland international Liam Bridcutt on loan.
The Championship trio are all eager to bring in the Sunderland midfielder before Thursday’s loan window deadline after new Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce admitted he is willing to sell the midfielder in the near future.
The 26-year-old, who made his international debut against Serbia back in March 2013, has failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Premier League strugglers this season and has only been included in the 18-man matchday squad three times in their opening 13 league fixtures.
Manager Allardyce admitted, “The only player I’ve said I’m selling at the moment is Liam Bridcutt, the rest have to join the fight.”
Bridcutt, who arrived at the Stadium of Light only last January from Brighton and Hove Albion for an initial fee of £2.5m, has failed to score in all 36 games for the club.