Catts close to the exit door?
News reports over the weekend indicated that Lee Cattermole is a target of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, who are keen on taking the midfielder on loan before the European transfer window closes at the end of August.
The 30-year old midfielder has fallen out of favour on Wearside and has no future here, so finding him a new club before time runs out is one of the main tasks that Sunderland’s recruitment team have to face over the coming weeks.
An article this morning from TEAMtalk suggests that the former Middlesbrough captain is highly rated by former Sunderland gaffer Gustavo Poyet, and is keen on taking Cattermole over to France on loan with a view to purchase him in the future.
The piece also states that Sunderland would have to assist with paying a portion of his £40,000-per-week wages - though whether the club would be willing to do so in order to shift a player they have no intention of keeping remains to be seen.
Striking target heads elsewhere
Despite Sunderland being deep into talks with Manchester United over the loan signing of James Wilson, the young forward has instead opted to head North to link up with Derek McInnes at Aberdeen.
The 21-year old was right near the top of Jack Ross’ list of potential loan signings, but the chance to play regularly for one of the best sides in Scotland proved more of a draw for Wilson, who has suffered from a lack of consistent playing time in recent years.
With Charlie Wyke signed as Sunderland’s clear first choice option in that position, and with Jerome Sinclair, Josh Maja and Duncan Watmore all eventually providing competition, giving both Manchester United and the player certain guarantees over playing time would have been difficult.
Speaking about the move, Dons manager McInnes said:
I am absolutely delighted to secure James on a season long loan as he is a player I feel will very quickly become an important member of the squad for us.
He is a real quality player, who I think will suit the way we play, and, having spoken to him, I think he sees this move as a real opportunity for him. There were other clubs interested in taking James but he feels this is the right place for him to continue his development.
I’d also like to thank Manchester United for the part they played in making the loan happen.
Kone misses out
Sunderland loanee Lamine Kone had to settle for a place on the Strasbourg bench as his new side pulled off a shock 2-0 victory over Gustavo Poyet’s Bordeaux at the weekend.
Stefan Mitrovic and Pablo Martinez are the first choice defensive pair with Kone’s new side at the moment and, on the back of a victory and a clean sheet, it’s unlikely that he’ll be given a start any time soon.
The 29-year old Ivory Coast international finally left Wearside after what had been a nightmare two years or so for both him and the club, and he even gave up a significant portion of his wages in order to facilitate the move in an attempt to get his faltering career back on track.