Old Trafford boss shows interest in young England man.
Sir Alex Ferguson is monitoring the progress of Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole and is rumoured to be considering a move for the 22 year old defensive midfielder as he looks to bring in more young talent into his Old Trafford squad. The Manchester United boss is known to be an admirer of the former Wigan and Middlesbrough man and is looking to capture the battler either before this transfer window shuts or in January, depending on the long term injury concerns over Owen Hargreaves.
The Stockton-on-Tees born midfielder arrived at the Stadium of Light last summer for £6m and has quickly established himself as a key part of Steve Bruce’s first team plans and the former United defender will fight to keep hold of the youngster.
Cattermole has put in some fine performances for the Black Cats and is now said to be close to a full England cap after 16 appearances at Under 21 level. Valued at around £12m, a move for his services would be yet more evidence of Sir Alex looking to bring in hot prospects rather than spending big on established stars.
Having brought in Chris Smalling, Javier Hernandez and Bebe, all under 23, Ferguson appears to be keen on using funds to beef up his squad for the future. Some may believe the lack of big money additions is a sign of the financial problems that have beset the club since the Glazers took over and others may believe that it is more of a sea change by the United boss to look to start to make changes from the ground up.
The likes of Liverpool and Arsenal have also been linked with moves for Sunderland’s tough tackler and a firm bid for his services would surely tempt Cattermole and if so will give Steve Bruce a major headache.