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Roker Roundup: Is released Sunderland goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter set for Champions League move?!

Reports in Holland suggest that released Sunderland goalie Robbin Ruiter could be set to sign for a Champions League club, whilst a League One rival have edged ahead of us in the race to sign a sought-after centre forward.

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Keeper linked with Dutch giants

PSV Eindhoven have a bit of a goalkeeping crisis at the moment ahead of next month’s UEFA Champions League qualifying fixture against FC Basel.

The Dutch club are unsure whether back up goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall will be fit for the game, Hidde Jurjus is set to head out on loan and Luuk Koopmans has no top flight experience. Leaving first choice - and one-time Sunderland target - Jeroen Zoet as the only option for the game.

That has led PSV to consider soon to be free agent Robbin Ruiter. According to Eindhovens Dagblad, Ruiter’s experience is a big draw ahead of the showdown with Basel.

Sunderland v Reading - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images,

League One rivals in hunt for striker target

Sunderland have been linked with Plymouth Argyle striker Freddie Ladapo this summer, after also chasing the player on January transfer deadline day.

Although Portsmouth pulled out of the race last week, League One rivals Rotherham United have had a £500,000 bid accepted for the Pilgrims’ top scorer.

According to the report, Sunderland are still in the chase for Ladapo but Rotherham agreed a fee for his services over the weekend which will put them in pole position for his signature.


O’Donovan becomes first Fowler signing

Former Sunderland striker Roy O’Donovan has joined his third Australian side after signing a two-year deal with Brisbane Roar.

The 33-year-old has previously had spells with Central Coast Mariners and the Newcastle Jets but has now become Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler’s first signing as the new Roar manager.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Fowler was delighted to sign the experienced Irishman:

I’m very happy that we have secured Roy for the next two seasons. Getting a quality striker with a proven track record in the A-League was a key position for us to fill.

I was impressed with what I’ve seen of Roy so far and genuinely feel that there is plenty more to come from him and look forward to his contribution as a goal scorer and an experienced member of the squad.

Sunderland vs Cobh Ramblers Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images