Sunderland manager Gus Poyet will table a £2 million offer for midfielder Liam Bridcutt when the transfer window opens next week as he prepares to shake up his squad
Gus Poyet is ready to make a raid on former club Brighton with a £2 million bid for Liam Bridcutt.
Poyet, the Sunderland manager, will table an offer for the midfielder when the transfer window opens next week as he prepares to shake up his squad.
Bridcutt, 24, was signed by Poyet from Chelsea in 2010 and has established a reputation as one of the most highly-rated playmakers outside the Premier League.
Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest attempted to sign the Scotland international in the summer but Poyet is set to test the resolve of his old club with a bid next month.
Poyet is certain to face opposition from Brighton following his acrimonious exit from the Championship club in June for alleged gross misconduct.
Brighton are also expected to demand a significant fee and could ask for around £5 million after new manager Oscar Garcia guided the club to the brink of the play-off positions.
But Poyet is determined to make changes to his squad as he battles to avoid relegation, with a left-back and striker also 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."