Cattermole had his Sunderland contract terminated early.

Lee Cattermole could move to Dutch football after leaving Sunderland earlier this summer.

Cattermole had his Sunderland contract terminated with two years remaining on it, after a decade of service.

The 31-year-old was strongly linked with a reunion with Steve Bruce, the man who signed him for both Wigan Athletic and Sunderland, at Sheffield Wednesday.

But Bruce’s defection to Newcastle United put to bed the speculation.

And on Thursday, it was announced by VVV-Venlo, of the Dutch Eredivisie, that Cattermole had joined them for training.

VVV wrote on their website: “(We) have agreed with each other that in the upcoming period it will be considered whether club and player fit together.”


The Limburg side recently signed one of Cattermole’s former Sunderland teammates, Jerome Sinclair, on a season-long loan deal from Watford.

Cattermole was rumoured to be among Sunderland’s highest earners, and one they seemingly could not continue to afford for a second season in England’s third tier.

Could Cattermole cut it in the Dutch top-flight?

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