Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole reportedly linked with a move to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux

Lee Cattermole of Sunderland during a Pre-Season friendly match between Hartlepool United and Sunderland AFC at Victoria Park on July 14, 2018 in Hartlepool, England.

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has played for the Black Cats 2009, when he joined from Wigan Athletic.

Lee Cattermole (R) talks to manager Gus Poyet (L) during a Sunderland AFC Training Session at The Academy of Light  on October 02, 2014 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole is the longest serving senior player currently in the Black Cats ranks, having been at the club since 2009.

The 30-year-old has had up's and down's in his time on Wearside, with a League Cup final on his CV, but also back-to-back relegations from the Premier League and Championship.

And after rumours that Cattermole could depart from Wearside this summer, reports from the Sunderland Echo suggest the player could be close to linking back up with his former manager Gustavo Poyet at Bordeaux. 


Cattermole has made 205 appearances in his time with Sunderland and has scored three goals from his defensive midfield position - the most memorable in a 2-2 draw away to West Bromwich Albion back in 2014.

After several years as captain and one of the first names on the Sunderland teamsheet, however, Cattermole's Wearside stint could be close to its conclusion with a move to France. 

Lee Cattermole looks on during a Sunderland training session at The Stadium of Light on August 2, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland have made a number of shrewd additions to their League One squad this summer, with manager Jack Ross signing three central midfielders. Luke O'Nien, Max Power and Dylan McGeouch all put pen to paper this summer, and Cattermole's reported move to Bordeaux would seemingly suit all parties.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross during the Sky Bet League One match between Luton Town and Sunderland at Kenilworth Road on August 11, 2018 in Luton, United Kingdom.

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