Ex-Sunderland winger training with League One rivals as Adam Matthews left in Charlton contract limbo

With just under two weeks to go until Sunderland’s first competitive fixture of the 2020/21 season, transfer talk continues to dominate the discussion in League One.

Monday, 24th August 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th August 2020, 10:00 am

Here, we take a look at the latest transfer talk from around the third tier – with a number of former Black Cats hitting the headlines.

Ex-Sunderland winger training with League One rivals

Former Sunderland wideman Callum McManaman is training with former club Wigan Athletic.

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Ex-Sunderland winger Callum McManaman

McManaman, who made 26 appearances during his one season on Wearside, left Championship club Luton Town earlier this summer after the expiration of his contract.

And he is now training with the Latics in a bid to maintain his fitness, and featured for the club in their 2-1 defeat to Carlisle United on Saturday.

It remains unclear whether there is the prospect of McManaman penning a permanent deal in the North West, with Wigan still seeking a buyer after entering administration.

Adam Matthews in contract limbo

Another former Black Cat is in contract limbo - after the EFL told Charlton Athletic they could now renew Adam Matthews’ contract.

The full-back was out of contract at the end of last season, but manager Lee Bowyer says the Welsh international is keen to remain at the Valley.

“We put to the EFL if we can sign him and they said no,” said Bowyer, speaking to London News Online.

“Not today, we have to do some work behind the scenes now to be able to do that.

“There’s always a danger [he could move to another club] but he does love it here. He’s really enjoying his football, especially when he came last year.

“He’s improved as well. He wants to stay, it’s just trying to work things out with the EFL and behind the scenes to make that happen.”

The Addicks were also looking at former Bristol Rovers left-back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, who spent time training at the club's Sparrows Lane base this summer.

But he has now left the club as Bowyer continues his squad rebuild.

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