According to reports in the Nottingham Post, Leeds United midfielder Liam Bridcutt is a transfer target for Championship rivals, but Whites boss Thomas Christiansen has hinted that the 28-year-old is still part of his plans.
The Nottingham Post had said that Forest could make a move for the 28-year-old, who has just one year remaining on his contract, after he failed to make the match-day squad for their opening three fixtures of this season.
However, Bridcutt was named on the substitutes’ bench for the visit of Fulham in midweek and Christiansen told Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post prior to the Yorkshire outfit’s trip to Sunderland on Saturday evening that he is “part of his plans”.
Christiansen said he's not aware of Forest interest in Liam Bridcutt. Bridcutt trained today. Christiansen said he's part of his plans.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 18, 2017
Leeds United supporters were quick to have their say on the story via social media, and they were largely divided with their opinions.
While some believe that they need Bridcutt as cover in what is sure to be another long and difficult league campaign, others believe he should go and they would take a £2m offer for the midfielder.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Interesting – if he isn't going to get much game time then can't really blame him if he wants to go, personally think he said stay though.
— Tony H (@Rumoydin) August 18, 2017
Good lad. Long season ahead and no reason to sell to league rivals.
— Matt (@mattliam_) August 18, 2017
Great news. We need him.
— Danny Hill (@Thunda65) August 18, 2017
Wouldn't be too worried about selling Bridcutt personally… doesn't suit our new way of playing. I'd be happy with 2M for him. #lufc
— Matt Rellaw (@GoTkunt) August 18, 2017
Don't see any problem with selling Bridcutt myself, doesn't suit our style of play and the last year of his deal…Get rid I say. #lufc
— Wayne Wellwood (@WayneWellwood) August 18, 2017
I agree I think from both sides bridcutt moving on is best. Shame tbh. But to forest a team we will be challenging with bad move. #lufc
— Joshua MacAulay (@superleedsmacca) August 18, 2017