Reports: Matthews also interesting Sunderland and Lambert keen on former Blackburn striker

Goalkeeper Remi Matthews is a target for Sunderland and Paul Lambert is keen on former Blackburn Rovers striker Danny Graham.

That is according to EADT, who understands Town are looking at the option to sign Matthews on a permanent basis, but will face competition from Sunderland.

Matthews, who has been training with Town, is well known to the Town staff having previously played under Matt Gill during their time together at Norwich.

Town were linked with a move for the 26-year-old last summer, but Lambert opted to sign Will Norris on loan and Matthews remained with Bolton has they were relegated to League Two.

Sunderland, who parted with their first choice goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin this summer, reportedly see Matthews as a suitable candidate to fill the vacant goalkeeping position at the Stadium of Light.

Matthews will be familiar to Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson, with the pair working together at Bolton last season.

Town could be in the market for an experienced keeper this summer, with Tomas Holy the only senior stopper available for Paul Lambert with youngsters Adam Przybek and Harry Wright the only other options.

However, after the salary cap was implement on Friday, is it realistic for Town to have two senior goalkeepers in the squad? After activating the additional year in Holy’s contract earlier this summer, now could be the time to make the giant keeper the first, and possibly only, choice this season.

Another piece of transfer speculation from the EADT comes in the line of former Blackburn Rovers striker Danny Graham.

Town boss Paul Lambert is understood to be an admirer of the 34-year-old who is now a free agent after being released from Ewood Park last month.

Since joining Rovers in 2016, ironically by Town boss Paul Lambert, Graham scored 50 goals in 174 games for Blackburn and has been rather prolific whenever applying his trade in the third tier.

The much travelled striker has had spells with the likes Watford, Swansea, Middlesborough and Sunderland is likely to be a man in demand this summer. In fact, one of Graham’s old clubs are also rumoured to be interested in the striker, Sunderland!

Graham would certainly tick all the boxes for the sort of striker we need at Town this summer. A strong target man figure has been missing ever since Daryl Murphy left Town four years ago, with Lambert making that area is number one priority this summer.

Would Graham want to relocate down to East Anglia so late in his career? Graham, who turns 35 next week, has spent much of his career up North having came through the ranks at Middlesborough.

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