Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce may well be in the market to snap up 27-year-old former Sunderland full-back Adam Matthews, who has just been released by the Black Cats after four years at the club.
Bruce is a fan of the defender as reported on Football Insider.
So with the news that Matthews has been released, should the Owls act quickly to tie down his signature? Of should they avoid this move altogether?
“There could be quite a lot of interest in Matthews so Sheffield Wednesday may need to act quickly.
“Matthews, like others at Sunderland, has seen his career stagnate somewhat. There is still a good player in there and managers across the Championship and League One will feel they will be able to bring out the best in him.
“That means there will be a lot of teams offering him deals. He could also make a return to Scotland, so Steve Bruce needs to act quickly and offer him deal which suits both club and player.
“Yes, absolutely the right time to move.
“Players of his quality don’t come along for free every day.
“The Owls have shown interest already, they’re in the market for a right back, it’s all set up to go ahead.
“He’ll do well there, he’s got the big match experience and was unlucky to get released.”
“Matthews was an important player for Sunderland last season and I think they could end up regretting releasing him.
“If Sheffield Wednesday are interested in time then now could be there best opportunity to get him.
“He could be a very good signing for the Owls on a free transfer.”
“I think they’ll be tempted.
“Matthews is a versatile option to have in any squad, and I think he’ll have his eyes on bigger and better things after leaving Sunderland.
“Sheffield Wednesday could do with additional depth in defence, and I think Matthews is a more than capable option to have in Steve Bruce’s squad ahead of next season.
“I think Sunderland will live to regret not agreeing a new deal with him.
“Their loss could be Sheffield Wednesday’s gain, and I think he can play his role for the Owls in their quest for a top six finish in next year’s campaign.”