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3 potential replacements for John Ruddy at Wolves

Wolves could be bidding farewell to John Ruddy this summer.

The veteran goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of the season, and it’s possible he could depart after what would be five years at the club.

The 35-year-old made some comments recently, suggesting he could embark on a new chapter.

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He said: “I don’t play as much as I would like and I still feel that I have a lot to offer on the pitch.

“We’ll see what happens, it’s a conversation that needs to happen between me and the club, but we still have six games in front of us so let’s take care of that first.”

It would be a real shame if Ruddy did leave.

Bruno Lage and Jose Sa both recently hailed him, and it’s clear he is highly respected in the dressing room.

If he does go, here are a few individuals Wolves could look to replace him with.

Matija Sarkic

Wolves may not even have to spend a penny to replace Ruddy, if Lage determines Matija Sarkic is good enough.

The youngster signed for Wolves from Aston Villa in 2020, and has since had a couple of loan spells with Shrewsbury Town and Birmingham City.

This term with the Blues, he suffered a season-ending injury in January, which was a massive shame given how well he had been playing.

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It has been reported Birmingham would like to sign him permanently this summer. But given the Ruddy situation, surely Wolves can’t be too hasty.

The 24-year-old might just save the club millions in the transfer market.

Danny Ward

Wolves were linked with a move for Leicester City’s Danny Ward during Euro 2020.

He impressed for Wales in the group stages and had been tipped as a possible replacement for Rui Patricio at the time.

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Goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts would join Wolves that summer, and he worked with Ward at the tournament. It was suggested by the Daily Mail at the time that Wolves bringing in Roberts could have helped any pursuit of Ward.

Potentially, Wanderers may seek to reignite their previous interest and bring him in as back-up for Jose Sa.

Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster is reportedly increasingly likely to leave Southampton this summer.

The star has been with the club since 2014, but it appears his time on the south coast could be coming to an end.

Forster has actually been in pretty good form this season, and he recently managed to earn a recall into the England squad.

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But Alex McCarthy is returning to the picture after injury, and the Saints are in the market for a younger number two.

Wolves might want to consider making a swoop for Forster if he is indeed deemed surplus to requirements at St. Mary’s Stadium.

The 34-year-old is still a very capable Premier League goalkeeper, and is the right age for a back-up.