Salut! Sunderland has not checked the provenance of the Caught Offside website’s report that SAFC – apologies for the lapse into tabloidspeak – are “bracing themselves for a summer approach from Tottenham for combative midfielder Lee Cattermole”.
Maybe it comes from Caught Offside’s own inside sources. And maybe not. The writer credits another site, Sportingo, and also seems to believe Cattermole has special gifts for larceny, informing us: “He would bring much needed steal to the Tottenham midfield.”
In case you want to read more, the site also describes the Tottenham interest in these terms, after the obligatory reference to Cattermole’s aversion to seeing out whole games:
“Harry Redknapp believes that his impetuosity will diminish with maturity and is ready to take a chance on the player. With the jury still out on Wilson Palacios at the top level, Spurs are keen on acquiring a rugged, dynamic central tackler to complement his legion of talented attacking midfielders and he will tempt the Black Cats to sell with a bid of £10m.
“Having featured a number of times at under-21 level, Cattermole is desperate to win senior honours with England and would jump at the chance of a move that would give him the ability to showcase his ability on a loftier stage such as the Champions League – should Spurs qualify for next season’s competition.”
Questions arise. Is Cattermole’s agent talking up his client? Are the thoughts attributed to Cattermole – to the effect that he’d welcome such a move – known to be his, or just assumed to be so? Has either club dropped a hint, whether to Caught Offside, Sportingo or anyone else? Is it just a heap of speculative nonsense?
If there is a shred of truth in it, Salut! Sunderland has customary words of wisdom to offer Steve Bruce. Don’t forget that the manager and I are on first name terms, as witnessed by his regular post-match e-mails addressed “Dear Colin”.
Should an approach come, Steve, tell Spurs we also value Cattermole’s combative qualities and share the hope that he will increasingly show himself to be a top-rate player for whom regular red cards are a thing of the past.
And then refer Mr Redknapp to the Daniel Levy rule of outward transfers, double or treble the figure Spurs offer – assuming it is £10m – and insert a few add-on clauses for good measure.
* Read our SAFC v Tottenham Hotspur match preview: the game, Spurs and football in the eyes of a Tottenham fan who worshipped Hoddle, has a candidate for worst Spurs player in memory and doesn’t mind being called a Cockney wide boy. Click on this link. Caught Offside is here.
** Stop press: and if the Evening Standard is right in saying ‘Arry wants Kieran Richardson, that’ll cost him another £30m.