Whelan lined up for switch to Norwich if Stoke land Cattermole
GLENN WHELAN has emerged as a transfer-window target for Norwich if Stoke are successful in a move for Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole.
The Ireland international could be pushed out of the picture if Stoke boss Mark Hughes succeeds in recruiting Cattermole, who was involved in the Black Cats' League Cup semi-final last night, but may not be part of Gus Poyet's long-term plans.
That has alerted Chris Hughton to the possible availability of Whelan, and he views the Dubliner as a player that could strengthen his midfield department for the relegation run-in.
The 30-year-old joined Stoke six years ago in the transfer window and was a mainstay under Tony Pulis. Hughes has also used him regularly this term, but Whelan would be most vulnerable if Cattermole was recruited. Stoke are understood to be lining up a £5m bid for his services.
Whelan is on a good contract in the region of £30,000 a week and is tied down at the Britannia Stadium until the summer of 2015, but Norwich would be able to deal with his wage demands.
There were indications before Christmas that Hughton was looking to attract a defensively minded central midfielder to Carrow Road.
Alex Tettey operated in that role at the beginning of the season and has only just recovered from a setback in November that ruled him out for two months.
Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Lucas has allayed fears over his knee injury and expects to be back in action 'in a few weeks'.
The Brazil international (27) was initially expected to miss two months of the season after fears he had damaged the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
But he tweeted: "I would like to let you know that my injury isn't serious and I will be back in a few weeks."