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Sunderland poised to sign 30-year-old despite Premier League interest



Sunderland are expected to complete the signing of goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter soon, according to Sky Sports News HQ.

Sky sources understand that Ruiter will fly into England today to undergo a medical at Sunderland ahead of his move.

Sunderland were forced into looking for a goalkeeper promptly after losing Jordan Pickford to Everton and Vito Mannone to Reading this summer.

This left Mika and young Max Stryjek as their only two options between the sticks and Simon Grayson was keen to bring in two more stoppers.

Sunderland took Robbin Ruiter on trial and he played in pre-season friendlies against Scunthorpe United and Bradford City.

After impressing in both, there was a late swoop by Burnley, who wanted to bring in the 30-year-old to compete with Tom Heaton for the starting spot at Turf Moor.

However, Sunderland moved quickly and offered a deal to the towering 6ft 5in stopper, who looks set to pen a two year deal at the Stadium of Light.

Ruiter is available on a free transfer after leaving Eredivisie club FC Utrecht at the end of last season.

The Dutchman had spent five years there after moving from FC Volendam and he has racked up over 200 senior appearances in Holland during his career.

Sunderland are hoping that the medical goes smoothly and this deal is completed before their season opener against Derby County on Friday night.

The Verdict

After Jason Steele’s nightmarish start to his Sunderland career, this is welcome news for the Black Cats.

Steele conceded five on his debut against Celtic in a friendly which came as unsurprising news to Blackburn fans, who had grown impatient with his inconsistent displays last season.

While the Steele deal seemed like a panic buy, Ruiter appears to be the opposite; Sunderland have taken the time to assess him on trial and now look to have found the man they really want between the sticks.

Sunderland fans – would you be pleased with Ruiter? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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