The Daily Mail claims that Boro, who have returned to Premier League after spending seven years in the Championship, are prepared to make an offer of £5million for the Sunderland captain.
The 28-year-old progressed through Boro's youth academy before signing for Wigan Athletic in 2008.
Cattermole spent only one season at Wigan before moving to the Black Cats for a fee of £6m the following season and could now be lured back to the Riverside Stadium upon his first club's return to top flight football.
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