Steve Bruce stumped by Lee Cattermole transfer talk

Bruce stumped by Cattermole transfer talk
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Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is confused over talk linking midfielder Lee Cattermole with a move away from the club.

Steve Bruce has expressed confusion over reports linking midfielder Lee Cattermole with a move away from Sunderland.

The 23-year-old has been rumoured to be following former teammate Jordan Henderson to Liverpool.

Manager Bruce told The Journal: "I don't know where that has come from. It's news to me.

"We have been dealing with Liverpool for the past five weeks over the Jordan Henderson deal and there was never a mention that they wanted Lee."

The manager also said his club's pursuit of Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia, a player Bruce signed during his time at the DW Stadium, is over.

"[The transfer] is not going to happen. It has become a bit too rich for us."

Sunderland are currently in Germany on their pre-season tour, where they face Hannover 96 in their next game after drawing 1-1 with Arminia Bielefeld in their opening fixture.

A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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