The Gunners are looking at Ruddy and McCarthy.
Arsenal are preparing for life without goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi and are lining up either Norwich City’s John Ruddy or Alex McCarthy of Reading as a replacement, according to the Mirror.
Although Arsene Wenger is pleased with No.1 Wojciech Szcznesy’s progress over the past 12 months the manager wants some strong competition for the Pole.
Wenger was hoping this would be provided by fellow countryman Fabianski, but after seven years at the Emirates Stadium the 29-year-old wants to leave in order to obtain more regular first team football.
Along with loanee Emiliano Viviano returning to Parma after failing to make a single appearance for the Gunners in 2013/14, it has just left Szczesny as an option between the sticks.
This is why Wenger is looking to alternatives and is aiming to poach a ‘keeper from the Championship to improve his squad.
Ruddy has been impressing at Carrow Road for the past four years after a move from Everton and the 27-year-old was linked with Chelsea just 12 months ago.
The England international was one of the Canaries’ better players in a season when they were relegated from the top flight and the stopper could well be looking for a way out following the drop.
With the north Londoners prepared to offer £6m for Ruddy’s services as well, Norwich could well be convinced to part with one of their prized assets.
As for McCarthy, the 24-year-old is a product of the Royals’ youth system and caught many peoples’ eye during the Berkshire club’s one season in the Premier League in 2012/13.
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