Cattermole interesting Norwich City? Appearing on twitter last night, this rumour has yet to gain any traction; mainly because it was probably made up.
But, it got us to thinking. Sunderland need to bolster that midfield still. The signing of Yann M'Vila, an announcement which seems to be being held back for a special occasion, would do that of course, as would the return to peak fitness of Jan Kirchhoff. But, at this moment, with one unfit and one who-knows-where, that leaves a troublesome triumvirate of Rodwell, Larsson and Cattermole in the centre of midfield.
The need for an attacking-able, creative midfielder is glaring and the case does not need stating again. David Moyes is a five-in-the-middle kind of a guy; and you would suspect that Sunderland's preferred line up in the Moyes-era will feature a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-5-1. That means three of them are going to be central midfielders.
The ideal line up would be a holding pairing of Kirchhoff and M'Vila plus two wide men, who at this juncture are Borini and Khazri, which leaves a spot for our as yet unidentified attacking body. So, you just get the feeling that David Moyes doesn't need all three of Rodwell, Larsson and Cattermole.
Jack Rodwell, much maligned, does at least still possess the modicum of hope he can yet prove his value. To be fair, against Dortmund on Friday night he did at least display his versatility - stepping in at right back for the first half. Sebastian Larsson could also slot in there, but Lee Cattermole at full back is just not going to happen. It would be worse than putting Jack Colback there. If Catts possesses the passion and confidence that Jack Rodwell lacks, he is devoid of versatility if we're being honest here.
There is sure to be plenty of game time for Cattermole this season though. Kirchhoff will likely continue to be 'on and off', such is his apparent fitness issue and that leaves Cattermole as reserve to him and Yann M'Vila. But, would Catts be content with that? At 28 he has years ahead of him; yet he would walk into a Championship side, especially one looking for promotion such as Norwich.
Cattermole would transform a side like the Canaries, who saw at first hand the influence a Lee-Barry can have in crunch games such as Sunderland's three goal obliteration of them last season. He would also be a brilliant addition for a side newly promoted to the Premier League, but the early window link with Middlesbrough went quiet as soon as the player himself publicly declared that Sunderland had 'got under his skin'.
The compelling case for a sale though is two-pronged. One, it would mean cashing in at an optimal point. His value will start to quickly decline from about here on in. What he would fetch in this market is anyone's guess. Transfrrmarkt.co.uk reckon £3m but they're having a nightmare this summer. Transfer valuations have run out of control, so trying to maintain a website based around transfer valuations must be a rotten job. Middlesbrough were reported to be prepared to offer £5m, which feels about right.
Second, a replacement more suited to what Sunderland need at this moment is an even bigger reason to sell. If Marouane Fellaini is too costly, then a player in his mould, who can get in the box and cause problems from midfield is exactly what this Sunderland side require. Almost a 'good' Jack Rodwell please. Would selling Lee Barry Cattermole part fund a signing like that?
But, when all comes to all, Cattermole is a current Sunderland legend of sorts. No single player has done more to keep Sunderland in the Premier League when all looked lost than Catts this past few years. The video of him roaring at Norwich last season should be played to any young player having a bad day and who needs motivational videos and coaching methods when you have Cattermole in your side?
So, faced with this corker of a question - what would you do? If you were David Moyes, would you accept a reasonable offer, would you sell Lee Cattermole? Vote below.