Sheffield Wednesday set their sights on Sunderland defender

Sheffield Wednesday are lining up a summer move for Sunderland defender Adam Matthews according to Football Insider.

The report reveals that a source at the South Yorkshire club has told them the Owls are plotting to make a move for the right back when his contract expires in June.

The twenty-seven-year-old has made twenty-eight appearances for the Mackems this season, helping them to the League One Playoffs and the EFL Trophy final.

The Welsh international signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light in 2015, joining from Scottish giants Celtic when the Black Cats were still in the Premier League for £2 million. However, his spell in the North East has been blighted by injury, with the full back making sixty-seven appearances in total in his four years on Wearside.

Matthews has played Champions League football for Celtic and won fourteen caps for Wales having come through the youth system at Cardiff City.

Football Insider is suggesting the Owls may have to fight to capture Matthews signature with other Championship clubs tracking his situation with some interest also coming from abroad, most notably Holland.

Our View

Many Celtic fans thought Sunderland had got a bargain when they signed Matthews four years ago, yet injury and the number of managerial changes on Wearside have hampered is progress.

It is understood Sunderland would like to keep him but that depends on whether they can offer him Championship football next season.

Matthews has done a solid job when called upon but the Black Cats are still looking to cut their wage bill, and it could be the time for the player to make a fresh start elsewhere.

If Matthews re-captures his early career form, the Owls will have done an astute bit of business.

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