Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Poyet Blasts Rivals Ahead of Wearside Showdown; FOOTBALL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Poyet Blasts Rivals Ahead of Wearside Showdown; FOOTBALL

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SUNDERLAND head coach Gus Poyet has hit out at Stoke over their courtship of Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher as the sides prepare to meet tonight at the Stadiuim Of Light. The Barclays Premier League clash has been given extra spice with 46-year-old Uruguayan Poyet baring his teeth at the Potters.

He said: "I am pleased that in the local newspaper, we didn't throw any rumours about us being interested in any Stoke player, because that's what they have done for the last week.

"No-one from Stoke has made any formal approach or any offer, so for them to be linked with two very important players for us before the game is a little bit disappointing."

City boss Mark Hughes has been linked with a move for ex-Boro midfielder Cattermole for several weeks, but admitted over the weekend that the Black Cats' progression to the Capital One Cup final made that unlikely.

Poyet said: "Hughes didn't call me. Some people would say the manager normally would call to say when they want a player of the other team."

Cattermole's future has been thrown into doubt by Sunderland's interest in Brighton mid-fielder Liam Bridcutt, who finds himself in limbo after having a transfer request refused.

The Black Cats' offers for Bridcutt and winger Will Buckley remain on the table with two days of the January transfer window remaining.

Asked if there would be a cutoff point, the former Brighton boss said: "It probably would be Thursday. I am not going to put a time-frame on it, but I would like not to be in this position on Friday."

Striker Peter Odemwingie could make his Stoke debut after signing from Cardiff, with Kenwyne Jones moving in the opposite direction.

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes his players would be scared if they watched the video nasty of their 6-0 November thrashing by Manchester City ahead of the return game at White Hart Lane tonight. …

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