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Wolves should attempt to sign Yann Sommer to replace John Ruddy

Wolves are bidding farewell to John Ruddy this summer – and the club should consider moving for Yann Sommer as his replacement.

The club have decided to let the 35-year-old depart at the end of his contract, meaning he leaves after five years at Molineux.

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It sounded as though Bruno Lage did want to keep Ruddy, but those above him did not.

So Wolves are now in a place whereby they need a replacement for veteran.

It perhaps needs to be someone who is going to be comfortable playing the role of back-up to Jose Sa. Potentially someone of a similar age to Ruddy.

Wolves should therefore maybe not look further than Sommer, who is ‘reluctant’ to sign a new deal with his club Borussia Monchengladbach.

His current deal with the German outfit expires next summer. So the player’s stance puts Gladbach under pressure to sell.

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Apparently, Newcastle United are keen on the Switzerland international according to talkSPORT.

There’s no mention of how much he could cost suitors.

But Sommer is 33 years of age – with only a year left on his contract, any transfer would surely not break the bank.

Sommer has racked up a whopping 324 appearances for Gladbach, where he has been since 2014.

He is hugely experienced, both at club and international level. With Switzerland, he has been to the last two World Cups and last two European Championships.

Surely, Wolves ought to make some enquiries.

Yann Sommer would be fantastic back-up for Jose Sa at Wolves

Wolves should be looking to battle Newcastle for Sommer, who is a fine shot-stopper and ball-player.

Last year, the official Bundesliga website dropped a feature piece on Sommer, calling him a ‘world-class’ shot-stopper and likening him to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, the man he replaced at Gladbach.

Legendary former Premier League goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said of Sommer: “Yann Sommer is one of the most underrated goalkeepers in Europe. Not the biggest, but how he can play football. Not many goalies can do that.”

And Rafael van der Vaart said: “[Sommer] is better with his feet than most outfield players of Schalke. That’s not a joke – I really believe that.”

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Some did not have quite as high a save percentage as Sa last season. But he was more accurate with his passing, and he also saved a couple of penalties (FBref). Sa, of course, is yet to save a spot-kick for Wolves.

If Sommer is ready to leave Gladbach, then Wolves should see what the asking price would be.

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