As reported by the BBC on Thursday, Sunderland have shown a great statement of intent by convincing key man Lee Cattermole to sign a long-term deal which will see him contracted to the club until 2021.
Dick Advocaat was clearly buoyant following the midfielder’s decision and described the former Wigan Athletic man as 'a leader'.
‘’Lee is the controller of the side. He is a motivator, a leader and central to the success of our team,’’ Adovcaat was quoted as saying by the BBC. ‘’To know that he will be with us for many years to come is very important.’’
The deal is likely to have a knock on affect, both internally and externally, and could play a part in two deals Sunderland are reportedly currently negotiating.
Liam Bridcutt – Derby County
According to the Derby Telegraph, the Rams have made fringe player Liam Bridcutt a £2million target ahead of a proposed summer move.
Bridcutt may have been holding out on the hope that a new head coach could give him a chance to prove himself over the summer. However, with Advocaat returning and giving his direct competitor for a first team slot a long-term deal, it seems unlikely.
A move to a Championship club now looks most likely for the former Brighton man, and the Rams could well be in pole position.
Marco van Ginkel – Chelsea
Newcastle United are also reported to be interested in the Dutchman, but the excitement around Sunderland at the minute could sway his decision to join Advocaat’s bid for a top half finish.
Cattermole would also be expected to play the defensive role in midfield, allowing Van Ginkel a more creative, attacking post in the team should he sign.