Cottagers hope to be able to tie up a deal for the Englishman imminently.
Fulham are keen on bringing Sunderland midfield player Lee Cattermole to Craven Cottage this summer, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The former England Under-21 international, who was the Black Cats’ skipper until the arrival of new head coach Paolo Di Canio earlier this year, has been told by the Italian that he now has no future at the Stadium of Light.
The 25-year-old has been in the north east for the past four seasons, having originally arrived at Sunderland from Wigan Athletic on a four-year deal for a fee of £6 million in August 2009.
And in the intervening four-year period, the tough-tackling midfield player has featured in 87 matches in total in all competitions for Sunderland, including 78 times in the Premier League, during which time Cattermole has been sent off on five occasions.
As a result, it is that kind of hot-headed behaviour that has now convinced Di Canio to offload the Englishman, with the holding midfield player understood to be available for as little as £2.5m this summer.
However, with the Cottagers currently being bankrolled by new US owner Shahid Khan, negotiations over Cattermole’s move to west London are not expected to take long.