Sunderland have agreed a fee with Celtic as they look to snap up right-back Adam Matthews.
The Welsh international, 23, has made 148 appearances for the Scottish champions since joining from Cardiff City in 2011. He has a year left on his Parkhead contract.
Sunderland are seeking a right-back, having been linked with a loan deal for Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson, but 5ft 10in Matthews – assuming he agrees personal terms – would fit the bill for Black Cats manager Dick Advocaat, who is seeking to add pace to the team.
Matthews’ performances at the back – he can also play in midfield – have helped Celtic clinch four successive Scottish titles but he has been reportedly angling for a route back into English football. He has been a first-choice for much of his time in Glasgow, making 42 appearances last season.
Celtic, who have Mikael Lustig as an option for right-back, have added Manchester United’s Saidy Janko to the squad in advance of the expected exit of Swansea-born Matthews.