RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City duo John Ruddy and Leroy Fer are in big demand
10:41 13 July 2014
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Norwich City’s John Ruddy and Leroy Fer are the latest Canaries to be touted with summer transfer exits with a host of Premier League clubs reportedly ready to test City’s resolve to hang onto their key players.
Ruddy is again linked with Arsenal, with the Sunday Mirror claiming Arsene Wenger may turn his attentions to the England keeper in a potential £7m move if Cardiff City do not lower their £15m asking price for first choice target David Marshall. Costa Rica and Levante’s Keylor Navas is also on the Frenchman’s watch list as he looks to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny after Lukasz Fabianski departed for Swansea earlier this summer.
Ruddy was previously linked to the Gunners but the 27-year-old signed a new four-year deal in 2013 after interest from Chelsea and reiterated following his England World Cup snub he was prepared to stay at Carrow Road and play his part in the club’s Championship fightback.
Meanwhile, the Sunday People claim Fer is a £6m target for QPR with West Ham and Southampton also monitoring the situation. The Dutch international was part of the Holland squad who finished third in the World Cup in Brazil although a hamstring injury limited the midfielder to a goalscoring cameo against Chile in the group stages.
Fer is also contracted to Carrow Road until 2017 after moving from FC Twente 12 months ago. The latest speculation comes after Gary Hooper and Nathan Redmond were mooted with moves away but City boss Neil Adams made it clear after the club’s opening 1-0 pre-season friendly win at Dereham they have had no bids that would meet their valuations.
“Nothing to report at present,” he said. “There are a lot of feelers out there and we are looking to strengthen all positions. What we also have to be prepared for is if there are any outgoings. It is not just about bringing players in. We are aware there are clubs sniffing around players and we have to be ready. I want to add to the squad. There has been no bids or enquiries we have where we would want to let players out. It has to be the right money and we have to make sure if it happens we are not caught napping.”