STOKE CITY are claiming a fee has been agreed for Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole.
The two clubs have been locked in negotiations all day over Cattermole after the Potters saw a bid turned down for the 25-year-old yesterday.
Sources close to the Potters are now reporting that Stoke have shaken hands on a £5million deal for Cattermole, although Sunderland officials say that it is still premature.
But Cattermole is now expected to head to the Midlands to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet today spoke of his reluctance about selling Cattermole, but claimed Stoke had made an “impressive” offer for the former Middlesbrough midfielder.
And he also confirmed that Sunderland will look to sign a replacement for the Teessider before tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline.
Meanwhile, Sunderland are rumoured to have seen an enquiry for Stoke full-back Geoff Cameron turned down today, while the two clubs were in talks.