LEE CATTERMOLE is staying at Sunderland after the Black Cats opted NOT to sell the midfielder to Stoke City, SportMail understands.
Sunderland have been in discussions all day over Cattermole, with Stoke upping their offers until they reached around the £5million mark.
There had been reports in the Potteries that Sunderland had agreed to sell Cattermole for that figure.
But sources close to Sunderland have tonight confirmed that the club have opted to reject Stoke’s advances and the former Middlesbrough midfielder, who has two-and-a-half years to run on his contract at the Stadium of Light, will stay on Wearside.
Cattermole will not be involved in tomorrow’s Tyne-Wear due to injury.
But Sunderland’s decision to keep the 25-year-old is likely to mark the end of the January incomings, with Gus Poyet recruiting five players during the transfer window.