Report: Lee Cattermole's Sunderland future in doubt

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole in action during the FA Cup Third Round Replay between Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers at Stadium of Light on January 15, 2013
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Lee Cattermole's future at Sunderland is uncertain due to his refusal to leave on transfer deadline day, according to a report.

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole will face a lengthy spell on the sidelines because of his refusal to leave the club, according to a report.

The Sunday People claims that the 25-year-old wanted a payoff from the Black Cats before agreeing to switch to Stoke City on transfer deadline day.

It has been reported that Sunderland and Stoke had struck a £5m deal, but Cattermole refused to agree to the move after Gus Poyet's side declined to give him a payoff.

The future of Cattermole, who was left out of the Black Cats' 3-0 away win against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday, is now said to be uncertain.

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