Sheffield Wednesday are lining up a summer move to sign Sunderland defender Adam Matthews on a free transfer, Football Insider can reveal.
A Wednesday source has told Football Insider the club have set their sights on landing the right-back when his contract expires at the League One club next month.
Matthews has made 28 appearances in all competitions for Sunderland this season, helping them reach the League One play-offs as well as the EFL Trophy final.
The 27-year-old joined Sunderland from Celtic in 2015 when the north-east club were still in the Premier League, but he has seen time at the Stadium of Light blighted by injuries.
The former Cardiff City full-back sees his current deal at the Stadium of Light expire this summer and, according to reports from Football Insider, could be set to leave the Black Cats.
Matthews is believed to be one of the higher-earners remaining at the club following their back-to-back relegations but may not be handed a new deal – especially if Sunderland remain in League One for another season.
And the report claims that there is no shortage of interest in Matthews, with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday one of the clubs interested in a move for the Welsh international.
There is also thought to be interest from a number of Dutch sides, with a move to Hollands Eredivisie another options for the full-back – while other Championship sides are believed to be ready to battle Wednesday.
However, Football Insider claim that Sunderland would be keen to retain the full-back, although any decision on that front will hinge on whether they can achieve promotion via the play-offs.
Meanwhile, BBC Sport claim that Sunderland manager Jack Ross was under consideration for the Scotland managers job – but failed to make their three-man shortlist.
Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke, Scott Gemmill and ex-Sunderland managerial target Derek McInness are on the Scottish FAs final shortlist, with a decision expected imminently.