Lee Cattermole is NOT expected to be on the move this summer, despite being linked with a £5million to former club Middlesbrough.
Reports today have indicated that Boro are readying a bid for Cattermole, who has another five years to run on his Sunderland contract after penning a new deal last summer.
But the Echo understands that there is little prospect of the 28-year-old returning to the Riverside, particularly with another five years to run on his Stadium of Light deal.
Meanwhile, Sunderland have been linked with a couple of big money moves for new recruits.
Sunderland and West Brom have been credited with an interest in Norwich side's left-sided player Robbie Brady, who has been given a £12m price tag by the Canaries.
Brady can operate as an attacking midfielder, but he was predominantly used as a left-back last season, which is not thought to be a priority position for the Black Cats.
Sunderland are eager to bring in a new right-back, although they have made no fresh move for January target Lamine Gassama. Read the full story here.
However, Sunderland have been linked with an ambitious move for PSG right-back Serge Aurier.
Sunderland would need to shell out a fee in excess of £10m for Aurier, but the Ivory Coast international has lost his starting spot at PSG.