Sunderland have agreed a fee with Brighton for midfielder Liam Bridcutt, according to The Daily Express. 

Both teams have come to an agreement on the fee, which is reported to be around £2.5 million for the Scotland international. 

Both Bridcutt and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet know each well as they worked together at Brighton before Poyet's controversial exit at the end of last season.

While working together on the South Coast, Bridcutt formed the core of the midfield as Brighton reached the Championship play-offs before losing out on a place in the Premier League to rivals Crystal Palace. 

The 24 year-old has had his future speculated on since Poyet took the Black Cats job and it will be interesting to see if he can make a successful jump to the Premier League.

Sunderland have picked up their form recently, but the midfield area is one which is slightly unsettled so the signing of Bridcutt could be an inspired one. 

The deal is also subject to a Bridcutt passing his medical, again expected to take place on Thursday.

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