Transfer talk - Stoke eye new bid for Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole

Lee Cattermole in action for Sunderland during their 4-1 loss at the hand of Crystal Palace. Picture by FRANK REID
Lee Cattermole in action for Sunderland during their 4-1 loss at the hand of Crystal Palace. Picture by FRANK REID
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STOKE CITY have been linked with a fresh move for Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole.

Reports today indicate the Potters are contemplating a £6million summer bid for Cattermole, who is approaching the final 12 months of his contract at the Stadium of Light.

Stoke came desperately close to signing Cattermole in January 2014 after Gus Poyet had been reunited with his former Brighton defensive midfielder Liam Bridcutt, only for Sunderland to pull the plug on the proposed move on transfer deadline day.

Potters boss Mark Hughes was livid at the collapse of the deal, but it proved to be an inspired decision from Sunderland, with Cattermole subsequently playing the best football of his six years at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have been looking to extend Cattermole’s contract, but the club’s precarious position in the relegation dogfight has put future considerations on ice.

Stoke - who signed Cattermole’s good friend Phil Bardsley on a Bosman from Sunderland last summer - have no such worries, with Hughes’ side lying 10th in the table.