We profile four men who've played for both sides.
Sunderland’s current captain needs no introduction and is in his fourth season on Wearside.
Blooded at first-team level at Middlesbrough, the combative midfielder skippered the Teessiders and made 91 appearances for the club before moving to Wigan for £3.5m in August 2008.
Cattermole spent one season in Lancashire, playing 35 games prior to his move to Sunderland in summer 2009.
Like Cattermole, defender Bramble made the move direct from Wigan to the Stadium of Light.
The centre-back emerged at Ipswich where he made more than 50 appearances as well as playing two games during a short loan spell with Colchester.
Newcastle came calling with a £5m deal in July 2002 and Bramble would spend almost five years on Tyneside before joining Wigan on a free transfer in summer 2007.
He was a pivotal figure at the Lancashire club, amassing more than 100 appearances as well as five senior goals.
Bramble moved on to Sunderland in July 2010 and is closing in on the 50-game mark with the club.
Kilbane retired earlier in the 2012-13 season after chalking up an impressive tally of 614 career games for nine clubs.
Spells with West Brom and Preston preceded a move to Sunderland, for whom Kilbane would appear 124 times in almost four years.
The Irishman then joined Everton before moving on to Wigan in August 2006, remaining until January 2009.
He played 84 games for the Latics, later moving on to represent Hull, Huddersfield, Derby and Coventry.
The defender, who began his career in France with Le Havre and Bastia, broke into the English top flight with Wigan in July 2005.
Chimbonda played 45 games in his single season in Lancashire before netting the Latics a tidy £4m profit when he moved to Spurs in August 2006.
He spent almost two years at Tottenham before heading north for a half-season at Sunderland, where he played 16 games.
A brief return to Spurs didn’t prove successful before Chimbonda moved on to Blackburn, QPR and Doncaster.