Report: Bristol City remain keen to sign Sunderland's Adam Matthews

Sunderland's Adam Matthews in action with Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp

The Robins have not cooled on their interest in Matthews despite little activity since his loan spell ended.

Sunderland's Adam Matthews in action with Leicester City's Jeffrey SchluppSunderland's Adam Matthews in action with Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp

Bristol City are still holding out to sign Sunderland right-back Adam Matthews permanently following his loan spell at the club, according the Sunderland Echo.

The Bristol Post reported two days ago that Matthews was the club's number one target despite rumours on the contrary, with Northern Ireland defender Conor McLaughlin seen as an alternative.

It was also reported in The Chronicle last week that Matthews' departure was dependent on a full-back coming in the other way, with Billy Jones the only current alternative at full-back as the Black Cats are reluctant to meet Tottenham Hotspur's £5 million valuation of DeAndre Yedlin.

Sunderland's Adam Matthews in action with Exeter's Emmanuel OyelekeAdam Matthews has made just one appearance for Sunderland

However, the Echo now suggest that Bristol City may swoop regardless, with Matthews one of a number of players facing the cull at the Stadium of Light.

Matthews was omitted from Sunderland's pre-season tour squad to Austria along with Liam Bridcutt, Will Buckley, Jordi Gomez and Charis Mavrias, despite returning to training with Sam Allardyce's squad two weeks ago.

Jordi Gomez has a shot which leads to Danny Graham scoring the first goal for SunderlandJordi Gomez is also unwanted at Sunderland

The report outlines that Matthews does not have a future at the Stadium of Light, having spent much of last season on loan in the Championship with Bristol City.

Matthews was signed from Celtic for £2 million last summer, but was carted off to the West Country after struggling to make an impact with his new club, making just the one appearance before beginning his temporary departure back in March.

Dundee's Greg Stewart (R) in action with Celtic's Adam MatthewsAdam Matthews left Celtic for Sunderland last summer

The Welshman made nine appearances for City during his time at Ashton Gate and he may well add to that should the Robins build on their interest and make Sunderland an offer.

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