Sunderland will face an uphill battle to sign former Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Remi Matthews, according to Chronicle Live.
The goalkeeping position is an area which Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson will need to address this summer after seeing last season’s number one Jon McLaughlin leave for Scottish Premiership side Rangers in June on a free transfer.
Seemingly identifying three potential replacements for McLaughlin, Parkinson has been linked with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matija Sarkic and Chelsea’s Nathan Baxter, whilst also holding an interest in Matthews.
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 that Sunderland face stiff competition from a number of Championship clubs, who are said to be in a better financial situation to make a move for the 26-year-old.
That interest from clubs in England’s second tier has already seen one team from League One drop out of the race to sign Matthews, with Ipswich Town moving on to other targets.
It is vital to get in an adequate replacement for McLaughlin and it is quite worrying that Parkinson has not made this his main priority and already found a new ‘keeper.
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, making him an obvious target.
Valued at £270,000 (as per Transfermarkt) but available on a free transfer, Sunderland could offer a good deal, but with the new EFL salary cap coming into effect, competing with Championship sides may prove tricky.
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