Report: Sunderland target Bolton goalkeeper Ben Alnwick

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

Sunderland are reportedly eyeing a summer move for Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.

Ben Alnwick of Bolton celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bolton, England.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (01/04; page 57), Sunderland are plotting a move for Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Ben Alnwick when his contract expires in the summer.

The Black Cats have endured a pretty miserable season when it comes to goalkeepers this year. The likes of Robbin Ruiter, Jason Steele and Lee Camp have all had a go between the sticks, but none have been particularly convincing during the campaign.

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

Unsurprisingly, Chris Coleman is hoping to strengthen his options in goal in the summer. And it appears that a face that will be familiar to the Stadium of Light faithful is on his radar.

The Sun on Sunday (01/04; page 57) reports that Trotters stopper Alnwick is set to be pursued 11 years after he swapped Sunderland for Tottenham after 19 league appearances for the Black Cats.

Ben Alnwick of Bolton Wanderers  takes a goal kick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers at City Ground on December 09, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Good target for Sunderland?

Alnwick has played regularly this term for a Bolton side that have conceded 11 fewer goals than Coleman's men have, so it would appear to be a decent move considering that he is set to be available on a free transfer.

It seems unlikely, from the outside at least, that a permanent move for Camp will be pursued this summer, but some may have their doubts as to whether he is a significant upgrade on either Ruiter or Steele.

If Sunderland cannot build on their stunning win on Friday and end up getting relegated, offering Alnwick a return may be a very good piece of business, but perhaps some will need to be convinced that he would be a good addition if they manage to book another year in the Championship.

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