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Sheffield Wednesday set to launch move to experienced free agent midfielder

According to the Northern Echo, Championship side Sheffield Wednesday are preparing to make a move to try and sign midfielder Lee Cattermole, after his release from League One side Sunderland was confirmed yesterday (Monday).

Sunderland confirmed on their official club website on Monday afternoon that fan favourite and stalwart midfielder Lee Cattermole would be leaving the club upon the expiry of his contract.

The news was met with disappointment from Sunderland supporters, who had hoped the skipper would be remaining at the club despite their failure to win promotion back to the Championship and the first time of asking. Now, Cattermole is without a club ahead of the new season, but former manager Steve Bruce could look to change that.

Bruce worked with Cattermole during his time at Sunderland and we reported here on The72 earlier this year that he could look to reunite with the tough-tackling midfielder at Sheffield Wednesday. Now, upon his departure from the League One side, reports have emerged again claiming Wednesday are set to offer Cattermole a deal with the club.

The 31-year-old started his career in the youth academy at Middlesbrough, where he made his breakthrough into senior football, playing 88 times for the club before making a move to Wigan Athletic in 2008.

After one season with the Latics, Cattermole made a move to Sunderland, where he had remained until this summer. During his time at the Stadium of Light, the midfielder played 272 times, scoring 10 goals and providing 11 assists along the way.

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