Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hull Weighing Up Loan Swoop for Cattermole; Hull May Make Loan Move for Cattermole

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hull Weighing Up Loan Swoop for Cattermole; Hull May Make Loan Move for Cattermole

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Football writer stuart.rayner@reachplc.com

PERMANENT signings are the priority for Hull City manager Nigel Adkins, but they could still make a loan move for Sunderland's Lee Cattermole after tomorrow's deadline for buys.

English clubs have until 5pm on Thursday to buy players, but those in the Football League are allowed to make loans for the rest of August.

Cattermole is one of the high earners that Black Cats manager Jack Ross is looking to move on to ease the club's wage bill.

The 30-year-old Teessider captained the side in Ross' first game in charge, a pre-season friendly at Darlington, and the manager has been fulsome in his praise for his attitude in training.

But in 2015 Cattermole signed a Premier League contract with the club which runs until 2021, and although he took a 40 per cent pay cut last summer when the Black Cats dropped out of the Premier League, there was no such reduction when they were relegated from the Championship last season. Those wages will make a permanent move difficult.

According to owner Stewart Donald, Cattermole's agent, former Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne, told the club her client wanted to leave this summer, but only on his terms.

Donald said the same was true of another Byrne client, George Honeyman, but the midfielder was last week appointed as the new captain.

Cattermole was booed by his own Turn to Page 48 FROM BACK PAGE fans during the pre-season friendly at Hartlepool United.

Cattermole, Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji were left out of the 18-man squad which beat Charlton Athletic on the opening day of the League One season.

Bryan Oviedo was a substitute, but a first-half injury to Donald Love saw him come off the bench to great effect, creating Lynden Gooch's winning goal.

Adkins has been chasing Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Oliver Norwood, but are yet to match the Seagulls' asking price, thought to be PS1.5m. Leeds United are favourites to sign the Northern Ireland international, although they have now been linked with a PS4m bid for Everton's Muhamed Besic, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Middlesbrough. …

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