Steve Bruce once stated that Lee Cattermole has everything he likes in a player.

The Sheffield Wednesday manager has been linked with a move for Cattermole, whom he managed at both Wigan Athletic and Sunderland (Sun on Sunday).

It was in fact Bruce who sanctioned Sunderland’s £6 million move for the midfielder a decade ago.

And speaking to the Mackems’ official website afterwards, he said:

Lee has everything that I like in a player so I’m delighted to have brought him to Sunderland. He is a terrific footballer. He is young, strong and has a real passion for the game that I’m sure our supporters will love.

Bruce added:

“As a north-east lad, he understands what it means to represent a club in this region and will bring some real bite to our side. Lee is a great addition and will strengthen us through the spine of the team while creating real competition across midfield

Bruce later expressed concerns about Cattermole’s poor disciplinary record.

However, little appears to have changed with the soon-to-be 31-year-old’s booking at Wycombe on Saturday his 11th in 23 League One appearances this season.

Cattermole is under contract at Sunderland until June 2021 and is understood to be one of the Mackems’ highest-earning players.

Lee Cattermole is shown a red card while playing for Sunderland (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)