Football Insider has claimed that Queens Park Rangers and Barnsley have joined Sheffield Wednesday in the chase for Sunderland defender Adam Matthews.

Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday were credited with interest in Sunderland right-back Adam Matthews earlier this week. Now, it has been reported that they have been joined by Queens Park Rangers and newly promoted Barnsley.

Matthews is keen to play in the Championship next season – and that remains Sunderland’s only hope of holding onto the former Cardiff City and Celtic man next season. The defender is more likely to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Stadium of Light if they beat Charlton Athletic in the Play-Off final to seal promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking.

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QPR, Barnsley and Wednesday are reportedly ready to lodge offers for the 27-year-old, who is out of contract at Sunderland at the end of the season.

Matthews has played 28 games in all competitions under Jack Ross this season, scoring one goal and providing five assists along the way. He comes with plenty of Championship experience, having played in the second tier for Sunderland, Cardiff City and Bristol City, amassing a total of 95 appearances along the way.

The Wales international has made the majority of his career appearances for Scottish Premiership side Celtic. Matthews came through the academy at Celtic Park and went on to play 150 times for the club, scoring five and notching up 22 assists along the way. Matthews has also represented Wales at senior level 14 times since making his debut in 2011.

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