The Black Cats midfielder is reportedly being pursued by his boyhood club.
Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, who has been interesting former club Middlesbrough upon their return to the Premier League, is unlikely to transfer to another club this summer, according to a report in the Sunderland Echo.
The tough tackling midfielder emerged from the Middlesbrough academy as a committed 17-year-old, making his first team debut in 2006 in a 2-2 derby against Newcastle United. It is a style of play that has gone on to define his career, even if Cattermole has often slipped the wrong side of the disciplinary line.
Middlesbrough's Lee Cattermole and Sunderland's Grant Leadbitter clash
The 28-year-old was only in the first team for three seasons before he moved to Wigan in 2008, the year before Boro were relegated to the Championship, a division they've been in ever since.
Cattermole would only stay at the Latics for a year, before returning to the North East to take a place in the Black Cats midfield. He has since gone on to make 182 appearances, including 34 in the season just gone.
Newcastle United's Emre in action against Middlesbrough's Lee Cattermole (L)
But despite Aitor Karanka reportedly being interested in bringing the Black Cats captain back to Teeside from up the coast for £5 million, the Echo believe a move would be unlikely, citing the fact Cattermole has five years left to run on his deal.
The Mail had reported that Sam Allardyce was open to selling the midfielder as he looked to bring in money to rebuild his squad.
It means Karanka will have to keep searching to add the necessary steel to his side that will give Middlesbrough the best chance of staying in the top flight next season.
Sunderland's Lee Cattermole fouls Chelsea's Eden Hazard