Transfer news: Stoke end pursuit of Sunderland's Lee Cattermole
Stoke City have admitted defeat in their bid to sign midfielder Lee Cattermole from Sunderland.
Last Updated: 03/02/14 3:41pm
Sources at Stoke suggested Sunderland had accepted an improved offer for the midfielder, who was thought to be heading south for talks.
Now sources in the north-east say Cattermole, the club's former captain will not be sold.
There was further disappointed for the Potters when a move for pacy Rennes winger Jonathan Pitroipa, 27, fell apart because of administrative delays on the part of the Ligue 1 club.
Sunderland, meanwhile strengthened their midfield earlier on deadline day with the transfer of Liam Bridcutt.
Bridcutt signed a three-and-a-half-year deal after Brighton accepted an undisclosed fee for the Scotland international.