John Ruddy is the latest name to crop up on Arsene Wenger’s goalkeeping radar.
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Arsenal’s search for a reserve goalkeeper is continuing, with the Mirror reporting that Norwich City stopper John Ruddy is the latest man to appear in the forefront of Arsene Wenger’s thinking when it comes to securing some competition for Wojciech Szczesny.
Wenger will be attracted to Ruddy’s Premier League experience, with the former Cambridge United and Everton ‘keeper rarely at fault during the Canaries’ disappointing relegation last season, whilst the Englishman would also help the club to fill important homegrown player quotes in the Champions League.
Wenger is on the hunt for a new ‘keeper after allowing Lukasz Fabianski to leave for Swansea City this summer, leaving him with just Szczesny as a senior goalkeeping option at the Emirates Stadium.
A number of diverse names have been mentioned in connection with the search, with the likes of Costa Rican World Cup hero Keylor Navas, OGC Nice man David Ospina and Cardiff City stopper David Marshall thought to feature somewhere towards the top of Wenger’s thinking.
A tall goalkeeper capable of commanding his area as well as pulling off impressive reflex stops, Ruddy would be unlikely to let the Gunners down when called upon – but Norwich City are unlikely to be keen on letting the player leave on the cheap.
Ruddy has verbally committed his future to the Canaries and they are reportedly likely to demand a fee in the region of £7 million if they are to consider parting with their man.