East Anglian Daily Times have reported that Sunderland are set to announce a deal for goalkeeper Remi Matthews.
Phil Parkinson, boss of Sunderland, has his work cut out this summer to bolster his squad options and bounce back after two successive failures to get out of League One.
An area in which Parkinson will need to address is in between the sticks after seeing last season’s number one Jon McLaughlin leave for Scottish Premiership side Rangers in June on a free transfer.
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.
And, it is now being reported that Sunderland will be added to that list with EADT also confirming that Ipswich Town’s interest has now ended.
Whether or not Matthews is the best option out of himself, Sarkic and Baxter remains to be seen but you have to feel that Parkinson’s previous link with the ‘keeper has helped this deal go through, should the report be believed.
Replacing McLaughlin is important and the sooner it is done, the better. Matthews has plenty of experience in League One with 70 appearances and 21 clean sheets in total, whilst also playing 18 times in the Championship.
With him being valued at £270k, this looks a decent addition on a free.
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