The newly-promoted Premier League side were keen on bringing the midfielder back to the Riverside Stadium.
A report in the Sunderland Echo has suggested that Lee Cattermole is currently against the idea of moving to Middlesbrough as he believes that under Sam Allardyce, Sunderland have the potential to be much more than a team constantly battling to beat the drop.
The Echo reports that Aitor Karanka's side were considering a £5m bid for the 28-year-old eight years after they allowed him to join Wigan.
Though they have had to wait until the penultimate day of the season to secure their survival for the last three years, the form they showed under Sam Allardyce hinted that they could re-establish themselves amongst the mid-table pack, and Cattermole wishes to be a part of that.
Although the midfielder has developed a reputation for being a reckless player - which is not helped by the numerous yellow cards he has collected throughout his career - his willingness to fight for the team has often inspired those around him to show as much commitment, which has been a key reason why they have managed to stay in the top flight despite some of the desperate situations they have been in.
And that fighting spirit may be required if the side hope to elevate themselves out of the relegation picture this coming season.