Sunderland are set to announce the signing of former Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Remi Matthews, according to Football Insider.
Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson saw former first team ‘keeper Jon McLaughlin leave the club this summer after his contract expired as he completed a move to Scottish Premiership side Rangers two months ago.
The Wearsiders have been linked with three potential replacements for McLaughlin, with interest in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matija Sarkic and Chelsea’s Nathan Baxter as well as Matthews, and it now seems that a move for the latter has entered the final stages.
Matthews made 33 appearances for Bolton last season in League One but was helpless in seeing the Trotters suffer relegation to England’s fourth tier, conceding a total of 66 goals in the process (two per game).
Released during the summer, the Norfolk-born ‘keeper began his playing career with Norwich City before having loan spells with the likes of Burton Albion, Doncaster Rovers and Plymouth Argyle, as per Transfermarkt.
Chronicle Live reported last week that Sunderland face stiff competition from a number of Championship clubs for the 26-year-old’s signature but Football Insider now claim that a deal is set to be announced by the Wearsiders.
Quite why it has taken Sunderland this long to find a replacement for McLaughlin is a pertinent question.
One main issue within the squad was finding a replacement and that is now set to be resolved soon, but there may be some initial scepticism about Matthews given his form for Bolton last season in their relegation.
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