Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy may be set for a dramatic return to the Premier League with both Stoke City and Sunderland showing an interest, according to reports in The People.
The Dutch striker has confirmed that he will quit Hamburg in the summer, being he will be out of contract at the end of the season. Van Nistelrooy is a proven goalscorer and was clinical is his spells with Manchester United and Real Madrid – however his spell in Germany hasn’t been great and has only produced 12 league goals so far.
Whether Ruud still has what it takes to cut in the Premier League remains to be seen, but given his reputation both Tony Pulis and Steve Bruce clearly believe he is worth the gamble. The Dutchman has gone on record to say that he would be open to a Premier League return; however it remains to be seen whether the Britannia or the Stadium of Light fit in with the player’s own personal brief.