Experienced Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole is being lined up for a sensational move to French giants Bordeaux, we can reveal.
Former Black Cats boss Gus Poyet is in charge of the French side, and knows Cattermole well from their time together at the Stadium of Light.
The 30-year-old has three-years left on his current Sunderland deal but the League One side are desperate to shed his £40,000-a-week wages.
Bordeaux are now ready to take Cattermole on-loan with a view to a permanent deal – but Sunderland would still have to cover a portion of his wages.
Poyet believes Cattermole still has a lot to offer and could come in and play a holding role for his team in Ligue 1 successfully.
TEAMtalk understands that Poyet is looking closely at the English market now the Premier League window is shut to see if he can secure some big deals for the club.