Cattermole is one of the key figures at the Stadium of Light, but it has been reported by the Sunderland Echo that the Black Cats will not rush into offering him a new contract whilst their Premier League status is still in the balance.
The 27-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of this season, and the same report claims that Stoke are readying a new summer bid for the English midfielder, having missed out on him in the January transfer window.
The Black Cats could be tempted to sell Cattermole, with just one year left on his deal, as they could risk losing him for free next summer.
He may be derided for his one-dimeniosnal play and poor disciplinary record, but the former England youth international would likely interest a number of Premier League sides if looking for an exit, and Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship could signal the end of his time on Wearside.
If they stay in the top flight, the club will offer him a new deal, and it is likely that he would sign one - having been a key player since his transfer from Wigan in 2009.
Yet, if relegation does occur, the club will look to sell him in the summer to cash in on him, and the Sunderland Echo report indicates that the Potters are preparing a £6 million offer for him.
With 23 games to his name this term, that kind of fee would be great for the Black Cats to receive, although Cattermole would leave a large hole in the Sunderland midfield - that could be incredibly hard to replace.