It was already common knowledge that Cattermole was looking to play at a higher level and our sources have confirmed that the club are actively looking to sell the midfielder, but his £2 million a year wage packet is putting off any potential buyers.
It is clear that anyone looking to snap up a deal for Cattermole wouldn't be keen on paying the £40k a week he is currently earning for a 30-year-old who has already shown he isn't getting any better, and, as a result, the club are yet to recieve any enquires for the former Middlesbrough man.
With both the club and Cattermole looking to move him on, it is looking likely that the final outcome may be similar to that of Jack Rodwell's, with the player being released by mutual agreement and Catts will be paid off some percentage of his contract. While this is not ideal, removing his wages from our books would be a massive positive, with Cattermole's income making up around 10% of our projected turnover.
Despite the midfielder's hope of leaving the club after nine years on Wearside, the situation is completely different to Rodwell's, with both Jack Ross and Stewart Donald hailing Cattermole's attitude both in training and pre-season matches. His desire to play at a higher level hasn't resulted in him refusing to play for the club and would still do his best for the team if he was to end up staying.
It is clear the former vice-captain is much more experienced and level-headed than others and doesn't want to see the club that he has spent so long at effected by his decisions, but after a downhill couple of seasons for Cattermole I think everyone shares the same opinion as him that his time has come to go elsewhere.
Whilst Sunderland fans used to sing his name week in week out, a continued spell in the North East doesn't seem like the best idea for Catts and if we were given the opportunity to use that £2m a year on some younger, fresher players then I think most would jump at the chance of doing that.