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Sunderland ready to sell Cattermole

June 24, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Sunderland are willing to sell Lee Cattermole, with manager Paolo Di Canio having decided that the captain is surplus to requirements.

Lee Cattermole has a questionable disciplinary record
GettyImagesCattermole cost Sunderland £6 million from Wigan

The Black Cats will listen to offers for the midfielder, a £6 million signing from Wigan four years ago.

Promoted Cardiff and Hull have been linked with the 25-year-old, who was limited to 14 appearances last season by injury and suspension.

But although Hull manager Steve Bruce signed Cattermole for both Wigan and Sunderland, ESPN understands he is not an immediate priority at the KC Stadium, with the East Yorkshire club’s focus on signing a goalkeeper, a defender and a striker.

Di Canio is believed to place a high premium on fitness, and Cattermole has suffered a series of injury problems during his four years on Wearside.

The Italian was also unhappy with his players’ poor disciplinary record in his brief time in charge and, while Cattermole was sidelined then, he has picked up five red cards in 87 games for Sunderland.

Di Canio has begun to reshape his squad by recruiting Swiss midfielder Cabral and French defenders Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite.