Middlesbrough and Sunderland fans react on Twitter to Lee Cattermole transfer rumour

Lee Cattermole

Middlesbrough have been linked with re-signing Lee Cattermole from Sunderland. Is it the transfer nobody wants?

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole celebratesSunderland's Lee Cattermole celebrates

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has been linked with a controversial return to former club Middlesbrough, with The Mail reporting he could cost £5 million.

Cattermole began his career at Boro and was born in Stockon-on-Tees, before leaving for Wigan Athletic in 2008.

Three years later he returned to the north east to sign with Sunderland, where he has remained a key part of their side under successive managers.

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole in actionSunderland's Lee Cattermole in action

Cattermole defines the phrase 'combative' and is known for getting stuck in, often too much, regularly picking up bookings and prone to red cards.

An England youth international in his Middlesbrough days, he has not managed a senior call up during his career so far.

Middlesbrough are back in the Premier League after winning promotion last season, and could seek to reunite him with his former teammate Stewart Downing who they re-signed last year.

Middlesbrough's Lee Cattermole and Sunderland's Grant Leadbitter clashMiddlesbrough's Lee Cattermole and Sunderland's Grant Leadbitter clash

Opinion on the rumours is certainly split, with Sunderland fans divided over whether they would allow him to leave...






Sunderland's Lee Cattermole looks dejected after being shown a red card by referee Stuart AttwellSunderland's Lee Cattermole looks dejected after being shown a red card by referee Stuart Attwell

Middlesbrough supporters are even less enthusiastic about a transfer, and also took to Twitter to comment...











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