Sheffield Wednesday are being linked with yet another right-back.
The Owls already have three senior players recognised in the position – Dominic Iorfa, Ashley Baker and Liam Palmer (assuming the latter accepts a new contract).
But despite the strong likelihood of one more arriving in the shape of Moses Odubajo, Adam Matthews is also on Wednesday’s radar, according to Pete O’Rourke of Football Insider.
It is claimed the Owls have set their sights on signing the Welshman at the end of his Sunderland contract this summer.
Sheffield Wednesday are lining up a summer move to sign Sunderland defender Adam Matthews on a free transfer, Football Insider can reveal.
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But surely there isn’t room for a quintet of senior right-backs at Hillsborough?
We’ve taken a look at what the Matthews interest could mean…
Odubajo isn’t coming or Palmer isn’t signing (or both)
Either of these scenarios would justify the Matthews’ arrival, especially with Iorfa (and Odubajo) capable of playing in multiple positions.
Odubajo is coming… but not to play right-back
The 25-year-old spent much of last season down Brentford’s left side and began life as a winger (two areas in which Wednesday are lighter than they were at the end of last season).
Baker is leaving
The Wales Under-21 International has not appeared at all in the Steve Bruce era and it would be no surprise were he to depart this summer. That said, Baker’s presence is unlikely to prevent the Owls from strengthening in his position.
Someone’s sending a message
Are Wednesday trying to turn up the heat on Odubajo or Palmer? Or is Matthews’ agent using Bruce’s right-back vacancy to drum up interest in his client? Interestingly, Queens Park Rangers and Barnsley have since been credited with an interest in Matthews, again by O’Rourke.