Report: Sunderland interested in John Ruddy after Wolves exit
Sunderland are interested in John Ruddy following the goalkeeper’s release from Wolves this summer, according to a report from the Sunday Mirror (5/6; page 69).
The Black Cats are gearing up for their Championship return after their play-off final win. Alex Neil’s men outclassed Wycombe at Wembley to book their ticket back to the second tier.
Of course, they will look to strengthen in a number of areas. But one position that definitely needs additions is in goal.
And it seems that Neil may be considering turning to a familiar face. The Sunday Mirror (5/6; page 69) reports that Sunderland are considering a move for Ruddy.
The 35-year-old is a free agent after leaving Wolves. He spent much of his time at Molineux as an understudy. But he did play a key role in the club sealing promotion to the Premier League in 2018.
And he also helped Norwich to promotion while Neil was in charge at Carrow Road. The Scot labelled Ruddy ‘excellent‘ during his tenure with the Canaries.
Sunderland interested in John Ruddy
Ruddy is approaching the final stages of his career. However, there is no reason why he cannot continue for a number of years yet.
With that in mind, it appears to be something of a no-brainer for the Black Cats to make a move. On a free transfer, it could prove to be a fantastic piece of business.
He has won promotion from the Championship on three different occasions. And Sunderland are one club who have the potential to make their stay in the second tier a brief one if they get everything right.
Ruddy meanwhile, would surely relish the chance to be reunited with Neil. Sunderland are a massive club who could offer him the opportunity to play regularly again.