Sunderland's Lee Cattermole linked with surprise move to Europe
From League One to Ligue 1?
Lee Cattermole might just have picked up his last yellow card in a Sunderland shirt.
The Black Cats are reportedly keen to get rid of the 30-year-old and his £40,000-a-week wage after being relegated from the Premier League down to League One over the course of the last two seasons.
With the transfer window now closed to English clubs, Cattermole will have to leave the country if he does secure a move away from Sunderland.
According to one report, Bordeaux are interested in a deal for the former Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic midfielder. Gustavo Poyet, Sunderland manager between 2013 and 2015, is now in charge at the Ligue 1 club and teamTALK claim the Uruguayan is keen to work with Cattermole again in France.
The report adds that Bordeaux, who finished last season in sixth place in the French top tier, may initially take Cattermole on loan with a view to a permanent deal at a later date. However, should a loan move be agreed, Sunderland would have to continue to pay some of his wages.
Sunderland followed an opening day 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic with a 1-1 draw away at Luton Town on Saturday. Cattermole appeared as a second half substitute in the game, replacing Bali Mumba in the 54th minute.