Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is ready to make a January move for Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt, according to the Telegraph.
Poyet is looking to shake up his squad in January, with the Black Cats currently rooted to the bottom of the table.
Bridcutt is a player Poyet rates highly from his time as Brighton manager, having signed the midfielder from Chelsea in 2010.
The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the most highly rated midfielders out of England’s top flight during his time with the Seasiders.
Poyet is set to face a tough time in trying to prize him away from his former club, following his acrimonious exit from the Championship club in June for alleged gross misconduct.
Brighton will no doubt want to hold onto Briductt, who has been instrumental in helping Oscar Garcia’s side climb to the brink of the play-off places.
Poyet is ready to offer £2million for the midfielders services, although Brighton are likely to demand a figure closer to £5million.
Poyet remains determined to add reinforcements in January to help the North East club beat the drop, with a left back and striker also understood to be top priorities.
“My aim all the time is to do things quickly in January,” he said. “We’re having meetings practically every day and we’re getting close to January now.
“January 1 is a Wednesday, it’s not on the weekend, so if there are not any problems with bringing them in from abroad, they could be signed that day.”