Date: 26th June 2019 at 7:46am
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Nottingham Forest need a right-back this summer after Saidy Janko and Sam Byram returned to FC Porto and West Ham United. Martin O’Neill has been on the hunt for a replacement and should consider a move for Adam Matthews.

The 27-year-old recently left Sunderland at the end of his contract and could jump at the chance to play in the Championship after the Black Cats’ failure in the League One playoffs.

A free transfer would be in line with Forest’s spending habits this summer too, as they don’t appear to have much money for new recruits.

The Reds may have competition for Matthews’ signature, however, with Celtic also being linked with the Welsh international. The chance to play for his former club under his former manager Neil Lennon might be too hard to turn down – he made 108 appearances under the 48-year-old.

Whether Forest can lure Matthews away from Celtic remains to be seen, but O’Neill is working hard to strengthen the squad for a potential top-six finish in 2019/20. Tendayi Darikwa is expected to be first-choice at right-back next season, but Matthews would provide stiff competition.

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