Crystal Palace are close to completing a deal for former Sunderland goalkeeper Remi Matthews, as revealed by journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.
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They could now be set for a third summer signing in the form of 27-year-old Matthews, following a 15-word relay by Nixon.
Would Matthews succeed at Selhurst Park?
The Latest: Palace close to finalising Matthews deal
Communicating to his large following on Twitter, The Sun reporter outlined: “Palace. Close to a deal for keeper Remi Matthews for cover. Free after leaving Sunderland”.
Confirming his free agent status after leaving the Black Cats, the 27-year-old is now set to offer cover to Eagles duo Vicente Guaita and Jack Butland at Selhurst Park should negotiations be ratified.
He has also spent time at the likes of Norwich City, Bolton Wanderers and Plymouth Argyle during his senior career [Transfermarkt].
The Verdict: Matthews could provide solid cover for Crystal Palace
Upon reflection, Matthews looks like he would be a solid back-up addition to the Crystal Palace squad this summer.
Available for nothing and with with the experience of 138 senior club appearances, he will provide stable competition as a third-choice ‘keeper as well as aiding squad submissions by being a homegrown English player.
H made 11 appearances for Sunderland in 2020/21, keeping three clean sheets [Transfermarkt]. Playing a part in the Black Cats winning the Papa John’s Trophy last March [BBC], he is accustomed to playing under a high level of expectation.
Once labelled as “outstanding” by former teammate Sonny Bradley, Matthews could be one of a number of arrivals in south London this summer should the move to Crystal Palace go through [Plymouth Herald].
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