STOKE CITY are looking to strike a £5million deal for Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, according to reports in the Midlands tonight.
Cattermole has been a regular under Gus Poyet’s stewardship after falling out of favour during the brief reign of the Urguayan’s predecessor Paolo Di Canio.
But Poyet has been eager to land ex-Chelsea youngster Liam Bridcutt from former club Brighton throughout the transfer window, with the 24-year-old operating in the same defensive midfield role as Cattermole.
The Teessider, who has another two-and-a-half years to run on his Sunderland contract, is one of the club’s highest earners and could be sacrificed to make way for Bridcutt.
Reports from the Potteries suggest Stoke are closing in on Cattermole, who cost Sunderland £6million in the summer of 2009.