Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has failed in an attempt to land Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole.

Stoke’s £5million move for 25-year-old Cattermole broke down hours before Friday’s transfer deadline.

That was after Benitez (right), who tried to sign him when he was in charge at Liverpool, had enquired. Cattermole’s long-term future remains uncertain after Black Cats boss Gus Poyet returned to former club Brighton to capture £3m midfielder Liam Bridcutt, 24.