Sunderland closing in on Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt

Sunderland closing in on Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt

Sunderland closing in on Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt

First published in Sport The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Writer/Sub-Editor

SUNDERLAND are closing in on the signing of Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

The midfielder is heading to Wearside for a medical with the clubs believed to have agreed a fee of around £3 million.

Bridcutt, 25, put a transfer request in earlier this month and has been a long-standing target of Sunderland manager Gus Poyet having managed him at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton have allowed the deal to progress after agreeing a fee with Charlton Athletic for midfielder Dale Stephens

Stephens is now expected to open negotiations with the Seagulls with a view to moving south ahead of tomorrow night’s deadline.

Powell said this morning: “Dale has expressed his right to speak to them if the clubs have agreed a deal, which they have.”

Sunderland's move for Bridcutt could open up a path for Stoke City to pursue a deal for Lee Cattermole, who missed Wednesday's win against the Potters with a calf strain.

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