Whilst it had looked like a move for Lee Cattermole from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux was on the cards, a French journalist has claimed this morning that the move will not be happening.
Adrien Mathieu, who writes for Goal.com, says that whilst the club managed by Gustavo Poyet have indeed submitted a loan offer, it was rejected by Sunderland as the terms of the deal did not meet our satisfaction.
Mathieu also claims that Sunderland want to sell Cattermole and not loan him, whilst Bordeaux view the former Middlesbrough captain’s wages - which are thought to be in the region of £40,000 per week - as excessive.
Whilst you’d imagine that Sunderland are still very keen to move the player on, the claim that we want to sell Cattermole and not loan him to a prospective new club does mean that time is running out for us to get rid before September 1st rolls around.
Unless another European club come in for the former England U21 captain, the next best thing would be a loan with a compulsory purchase option in January - similar to the way that Max Power was allowed to join Sunderland on loan from Wigan Athletic last week.