Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has confirmed that the Addicks are keeping a watchful eye over two players as he looks to add another right-back to his ranks after Anfernee Dijksteel made a move to Middlesbrough in the summer transfer window.
We reported here on The72 earlier this summer that Tyrone Mears was training with Charlton Athletic with a view to earning a permanent deal at The Valley, but he is not the only free agent right-back the club are looking at.
Adam Matthews – who is available on a free transfer after his release from Sunderland upon the end of the season – is also on the Addicks’ radar. Bowyer confirmed the pair are with the club when speaking to the club’s media team (quotes via Twitter). He said:
“We’re still looking at Tyrone Mears and one other right-back at the moment and they’re both doing well, but it’s unfair to judge them so early on. Adam Matthews is the other one.”
Mears is available on a free transfer after his release from West Brom at the end of last season and would provide more Championship experience to Bowyer’s ranks. The 36-year-old has played for Preston North End, West Ham, Derby County, Marseille, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Seattle Sounders, Minnesota United, Atlanta United and West Brom over the course of his career.
Matthews also 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 came through the academy at Celtic 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.