LEE Cattermole is not expected to depart the Stadium of Light imminently, despite the midfielder being linked with a £2.5million switch to Fulham.
The Cottagers have emerged as the most serious suitors for Cattermole so far this summer, with Sunderland’s willingness to part company with their skipper becoming increasingly clear.
Premier League new boys Hull City have been linked with Cattermole for several weeks, but ex-Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is not keen on the 25-year-old.
Fulham are a far more viable proposition, yet any talks are still at a preliminary stage, with Cattermole not thought to be on the verge of leaving the club.
Cattermole has resumed full training at the Academy of Light this week after knee ligament damage restricted him to just an hour of first-team football in 2013.
Paolo Di Canio has refused to confirm whether Cattermole has a future at the club and the player is braced for the exit door.
Sunderland realise though that the problem with offloading Cattermole is his wages after he penned a new three-year deal at the Stadium of Light in October.