Stoke City are close to agreeing a deal for Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, according to ESPN.
The 25 year old began this campaign frozen out by former Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio, who played him just once in the league before being dismissed towards the end of September.
He has gone on to play seventeen times under Gus Poyet, but looks set to be allowed to move on as the North East club line up a move for Brighton and Hove Albion’s Liam Bridcutt.
Cattermole, who has received now fewer than seven red cards in his career, has made 104 appearances in total for Sunderland since moving from Wigan Athletic in August 2009.
He began his career with Middlesbrough, while internationally he has received sixteen caps for the England U21’s.
He is set to make what could be his final Sunderland appearance in this evening’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester United, and can be backed at a price of 22/1 to score what would be his first goal for the club at any time within ninety minutes.