Cattermole's Stoke move 'has collapsed'

Stoke City's hopes of signing Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole appear to be over after reports suggested that the Black Cats have pulled the plug on the deal.

The two clubs had agreed fee of around five million pounds for Cattermole, 25, earlier in the day, but the Stoke Sentinel has reported that the transfer is off.

And the paper says that is likely to mean that there are no further transfer developments at Stoke before the window closes.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes had hoped to persuade Cattermole to move to the Potteries -- despite the possibility of him making a Capital One Cup final appearance for the Black Cats.

He was keen to add a holding midfielder to his squad -- and the signs had appeared good after Sunderland confirmed the capture of Liam Bridcutt from Brighton and Hove Albion.

Stoke assistant manager Mark Bowen, speaking at the club's pre-match news conference, said: "Lee is a player we've admired for a while, and it's transfer we're trying to get over the line.

"It has been well documented that there have been offers, but it is notoriously difficult to get deals done at this time of the year. But you are always confident when you approach a club for a player."

Sunderland have had several offers from Stoke, with the most recent of them understood to be four million pounds up front with add-ons.

Hughes had also hoped to secure the signing of Tom Ince from Blackpool after holding talks with the winger earlier in the week.

Ince had looked set to complete a loan move to Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season, but the Potters are interested in negotiating a permanent seven million pound deal.

The player wants a loan to keep his options open in the summer, but Championship Blackpool may prefer to cash in.