Fulham are close to agreeing a deal with Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Black Cats’ captain is not part of Italian manager Paulo Di Canio’s plans and he is near to becoming the first signing at Craven Cottage since the takeover by American billionaire Shahid Khan, with the fee expected to be around £2.5million.
Should the transfer be completed, the midfielder’s exit will form part of a major re-shuffle Di Canio is trying to force at the Stadium of Light.
Nine new players have already been brought in this summer, while six of last season’s team have already departed the club, including Danny Graham to Hull City on loan and Simon Mignolet to Liverpool.
Cattermole, who signed for the Wearside club from Wigan Athletic for £6million in 2009, has picked up five red cards in his four years with the club, and has failed to score in any of his 87 appearances.
He lost his squad number to new signing Cabral in July and is unlikely to be playing in the north-east during the upcoming season.
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