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Liverpool Consider Cut Price £7.5m Mascherano Replacement

Could be a good bit of business

Lee Cattermole Wigan Athletic 2008/09

The Rumour

Sunderland have had a bid for the Wigan Athletic midfielder Lee Cattermole rejected but the player is attracting interest from higher up the Premier League and there could be yet more pressure to sell.

Liverpool are understood to have considered a move for Cattermole in the event of Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano leaving, a prospect that looks less likely after Rafael Benitez took a defiant stance about their contracts on Thursday.

However, Cattermole, who looked effective for the England Under-21s in last month’s European championships where Stuart Pearce’s side reached the final before losing to Germany, is attracting a lot of interest.

The Source: (The Independent)

The Analysis

21 year old Cattermole has come along way since leaving Middlesbrough for the JJB a year ago and become more than just the caution ridden bruiser that many believed him to be when he first began his Premier League career. The battling midfielder is now not a million miles from a full England call-up after impressing many with his performances for Wigan last season.

36 yellow cards and 2 red in four seasons of top flight football indicate a robust tackler who takes no prisoners but also goes some way to explaining why some clubs are cautious about taking him up a step to the big leagues but Rafa appears to be interested in the defensive midfielder and this source seems to suggest he may step in to fill the breach should Javier Mascherano leave the club.

Whilst Cattermole isn’t in the same league as the Argentine captain he does have the potential to be a consistent performer and could well be a good back up signing even if Benitez doesn’t lose his talismanic star.

The Likelihood

Cattermole to Liverpool: Maybe more likely in a year or two.

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