The silky attacker has been one of the stars of his nation’s miraculous form in Brazil, with his goal against Italy ensuring that the Central Americans will be in the knockout stage of the tournament before they play their final Group D match against England.
Even though he’s been a hero for his country, Ruiz’s Fulham spell has been blighted by inconsistency, which culminated in him being shipped out to PSV Eindhoven on loan for the latter half of last season.
He is set to return to Craven Cottage, but with the Londoners having been relegated staying looks unlikely.
This has alerted Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, whose ready to hand him a lifeline.
The Uruguayan is believed to have been impressed by his showings in recent weeks, and sees him as the sort of player who can help Wearsiders to avoid another relegation dogfight in 2014/15.
The 28-year-old himself has expressed an eagerness to embark on a new challenge, with the Black Cats and Arsenal circling:
“I want to show the English what I am and that what happened at Fulham is not real.”