SUNDERLAND are expected to confirm the signing of Lee Cattermole later today after agreeing a fee with Wigan Athletic.
Cattermole, wanted by Steve Bruce from the moment he took over on Wearside, has been at the Academy of Light today for a medical.
The England Under-21 international is thought to be costing Sunderland £8m with a further £2m in add-ons.
Sunderland are hoping to secure the deal before Liverpool, who are also interested, make one last move for his services.
But Cattermole's admiration for Bruce has been key to the deal and there is every chance that the tough midfielder will be handed the captaincy at the Stadium of Light.
Bruce has already signed Darren Bent, Fraizer Campbell, Paulo Da Silva and Lorik Cana and there could be more before Saturday's Premier League opener with Bolton.