Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy could be set to move from recently relegated Norwich City to Champions League regulars Arsenal.
Gunners back up goalies Lukasz Fabianski is set to leave the Emirates and Arsenal are looking for a quality back up ‘keeper that can challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the number one spot.
Ruddy made his first, and so far only, England appearance in 2012. He would have been a member of the English Euro 2012 squad, however a broken finger ruled him out. He only made the stand by list for this year’s World Cup however and Ruddy may feel that his England chances are not best served by playing in the Championship and he could be keen to make a move.
Of course, playing for the Norwich in the Championship would be more likely to give Ruddy the first team football he needs to earn an England starting spot than sitting on the Emirates bench, however Szczesny is by no means untouchable between the goal posts for Arsenal, and Ruddy will believe he has the ability to force his way into the Arsenal team, should he be given the chance.
Ruddy could however have the option of moving to Crystal Palace, where he would be much more likely to command a first team place. It wouldn’t be the first time an English goalkeeper has turned down a title chasing side in pursuit of more likely first team football, as Jack Butland did when choosing to sign for Stoke City ahead of Chelsea in 2012 with the belief that he would have a much better chance of starting for Stoke.
Arsenal have also been linked with Alex McCarthy of Reading, and Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall, who like Ruddy has been recently relegated to the Championship.