Three players Paul Lambert could target if appointed as Sunderland's next manager - including a Newcastle United defender

Wolves manager Paul Lambert

The Wolverhampton Wanderers boss has been linked with the vacant Sunderland position.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul LambertWolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert has emerged as a surprise contender to succeed David Moyes at Sunderland, according to the Chronicle.

Lambert's short spell in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers is said to be approaching its end, so stranger things have certainly happened.

But if he does get the nod, which players is the Scot likely to target at the Stadium of Light? And could they include a Newcastle United defender?

John Ruddy [Unattached]

Norwich's John Ruddy looks dejected at the end of the match

Sunderland may be in need of a goalkeeper with Jordan Pickford expected to remain in the Premier League next season, and Ruddy, who Lambert brought to Norwich City in 2010, could be high on the 47-year-old's list, having been let go by the Carrow Road outfit.

Grant Hanley [Newcastle United]

Newcastle United's Grant Hanley celebrates scoring their sixth goal

One of Lambert's old Blackburn Rovers players and one he is said to have wanted at Wolves this summer. The Scotland international may be a Newcastle player, but he barely featured last season and is available for £5.5 million according to the Chronicle. Sunderland have several centre-halves out of contract this summer, while Lamine Kone could follow Pickford back to the top flight.

Andreas Weimann [Derby County]

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Andreas Weimann celebrates scoring their second goal

The Austrian striker starred under Lambert at Aston Villa and became the Wolves boss' first Molineux recruit in January. It is believed that Wanderers had a £1.5 million deal in place to turn Weimann's loan spell permanent, although he has since returned to Derby amid the uncertainty surrounding Lambert's future. And that could lead to an opportunity for Sunderland, who will need to replace Jermain Defoe.

Would you welcome Newcastle's Hanley, or any of the above, to Sunderland next season?

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