Ward, who was handed his Wales debut by Coleman, is highly-rated at Liverpool but finds himself behind both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius in the pecking order. His only first-team appearance in 2017/18 was the EFL Cup defeat to Leicester City so a loan move to Sunderland would make perfect sense.
And Ward, unlike the unconvincing Ruiter and under-performing Steele, has proved himself as one of the best ‘keepers at Championship level. He was between the sticks as Huddersfield Town stunned English football by storming to promotion to the top flight last season.
Ward, then, would look the perfect signing for a cash-strapped Sunderland crying out for a goalkeeper. Already, appointing Coleman appears to be reaping rewards.