John Ruddy next club odds: Sunderland, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Celtic feature

John Ruddy of Norwich City in action with Gordon Greer of Blackburn Rovers

Could Sunderland, Aston Villa, Newcastle United or Celtic move for Ruddy after Norwich City confirmed the 30-year-old's release on Tuesday.

Norwich's John RuddyNorwich are releasing John Ruddy

Norwich City have confirmed the release of long-serving goalkeeper John Ruddy and he'll have no shortage of suitors if Bet Victor's odds are anything to go by.

As things stand the former England international seems likely to remain in the Championship, with Sunderland (4/1) and Aston Villa the early favourites for his signature.

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However a return to the Premier League or even the Scottish Premiership could be on the cards, with Sunderland's local rivals Newcastle United and Glasgow giants Celtic in joint-third position - along with any Major League Soccer club.

But do any of them need him? HITC Sport investigates...

Sunderland

The Mackems are said to have received interest in senior pair Jordan Pickford and Vito Mannone, while manager David Moyes signed Ruddy at previous club Everton and may be inclined to move for another of his ex-Toffees stars - if of course he keeps his job.

Sunderland's Jordan PickfordSunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is in demand

Could it happen? Yes.

Aston Villa

It remains to be seen whether or not Villa will look to turn Sam Johnstone's loan deal permanent and Ruddy is certainly a cheaper alternative. With Mark Bunn out of contract this summer, the Villans may make a move regardless.

Aston Villa’s Sam Johnstone celebrates after their second goalAston Villa’s Sam Johnstone is on loan from Manchester United

Could it happen? Yes.

Newcastle United

Tim Krul's imminent return will leave Newcastle with four senior goalkeepers by the start of the transfer window, so it would perhaps require a mass exodus to make another between-the-sticks recruit worthwhile - unless the player in question is of exceptional quality.

Newcastle's Tim Krul looks dejected at the end of the matchNewcastle's Tim Krul has spent the season in Holland

Could it happen? Probably not.

Celtic

The Bhoys have been linked with a succession of 'keepers in recent months, although the speculation seems to have cooled since Craig Gordon signed a new deal at Celtic Park. Nevertheless, manager Brendan Rodgers may fancy some competition for the Scotland international.

Celtic's Craig Gordon gesturesCeltic goalkeeper Craig Gordon signed a new deal recently

Could it happen? Possibly - but don't count your chickens.

Would Sunderland, Aston Villa, Newcastle United or Celtic be the best move for Ruddy after leaving Norwich City?

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