Rangers' Jak Alnwick could be the player Sunderland desperately need

Sunderland fans celebrate during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

League One Sunderland are in desperate need of a quality goalkeeper so how about signing Jak Alnwick from Scottish Premiership giants Rangers?

Jak Alnwick of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Is Jak Alnwick staying at Rangers after all?

Shrewsbury Town emerged as candidates to sign the Ibrox shot-stopper last week, only for the beaten League One play-off finalists to be priced out of a move according to the Scottish Sun.

But Shrewsbury are not the only third tier side who should be looking at Alnwick this summer. Sunderland, after all, have a massive gap in their side at the moment.

Jak Alnwick of Rangers saves from Conor Sammon of Partick Thistle during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

And one of Jack Ross’s top priorities must be to sign a quality shot-stopper this summer after the dreadful performances of Luke Steele, Robbin Ruiter and Lee Camp as the Black Cats finished bottom of the Championship last season.

Alnwick, however, has proved himself as one of the top goalkeepers at League One level. He was excellent for Port Vale before his £250,000 move to Rangers in the winter of 2017.

Newcastle United's English goalkeeper Jak Alnwick jumps for the ball but loses control of it allowing Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Nabil Bentaleb to score the opening goal during...

And, while Alnwick seemed to suggest that he could be staying in Scotland this summer with an intriguing message posted on his official Twitter account, the fact is that the 24-year-old is likely to be behind Allan McGregor and Wes Foderingham at Ibrox and needs a fresh start.

Despite Shrewsbury being priced out, Alnwick would not cost the world. And, if Sunderland fans can put his Newcastle past out of their minds, he would quickly become a key and valued member of Ross’s squad.

Perhaps it is time Sunderland made an enquiry.

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