Sheffield Wednesday are eyeing a loan move for Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole for next season.

The new Owls boss Steve Bruce is looking to add some more bite into his midfield and is keen on the 30-year-old, according to The Sun on Sunday (10.3.19, page 61).

Bruce knows Cattermole well having previously managed him at Wigan Athletic and Sunderland.

He has played for Sunderland since 2009 and has racked up over 250 appearances for the Black Cats. However, he wasn’t able to prevent them from two relegations in the past two seasons but he has been a key player under Jack Ross in the third tier in this campaign.

Cattermole started his career at Middlesbrough and rose through the youth ranks at the Riverside. He went onto play 91 games for them in the Premier League before leaving for Wigan Athletic in July 2008 for a fee of around £3.5 million.

After impressing for the Latics in the 2008/09 campaign, Sunderland paid £6 million in August 2009 to bring him to the Stadium of Light.

A move to Sheffield Wednesday is a possibility but will surely depend on whether Sunderland are promoted back to the Championship this season. If they are unable to, they could face losing some key players, like Cattermole, in the summer.

It is expected to be a busy summer at Hillsborough as Bruce looks to put his own stamp on his newly inherited squad. The former Hull City and Aston Villa boss has made a positive immediate impact since his move there.

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