RUMOUR MILL: Arsenal track £6m John Ruddy; Hull could swoop for Robert Snodgrass

John Ruddy impressed against Arsenal in Norwich City's final day 2-0 Premier League defeat. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd John Ruddy impressed against Arsenal in Norwich City's final day 2-0 Premier League defeat. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
9:01 AM

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy has been linked with a £6m switch to FA Cup winners Arsenal to provide competition for Gunners’ first choice Wojciech Szczesny.

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The Daily Mail report on Wednesday Arsene Wenger could make a move for the Canaries’ stopper, who impressed against the Gunners with a string of fine saves in the final day 2-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal which confirmed Norwich’s relegation to the Championship.

Ruddy has since missed out on a place in England’s final World Cup squad with the St Ives-bred keeper on stand-by to go to Brazil if Joe Hart, Ben Foster or Fraser Forster pull out of the 23-man party.

The 27-year-old made it clear after his England heartache he is happy at Carrow Road after signing a new long term deal earlier last season which ties him to the club until 2017 but the Daily Mail claim Ruddy is on a watch list along with former City keeper and Cardiff stopper David Marshall, who had an excellent campaign despite the Bluebirds’ dropping out of the top flight.

Marshall’s £15m price tag may prove prohibitive but the Mail claim City could do business at £6m. Ruddy was the subject of interest from Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea 12 months ago before signing his new, improved Norwich deal.

Ruddy’s Norwich team mate, Russell Martin, has admitted the likes of Norwich’s first choice keeper and midfielder Robert Snodgrass will be in demand this summer, with Snodgrass now linked to Hull City after previously being touted with potential exits to Celtic, Newcastle and West Ham. The Hull Daily Mail believe Steve Bruce could be ready to test Norwich’s resolve with a potential £3m enquiry.

43 comments

  • Good thing with the Football Management Board is now there is a clear level of accountability!

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    Glenn

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Why people slag off Snoddy I'll never know, without him we would have been down at Christmas... OH we were.

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    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Ruddy, Snodgrass, Wes, Pilks, with all these players being either linked with moves away from the club or whose future at the club is uncertain, it would be good news for fans to hear of news about good, quality players being linked with moves to City to strengthen our fight to gain promotion back to the premier league. Surely we must have some targets in our sights, I hope we don't leave it too late and end up panic buying or signing loan players who are no good to fill the gaps. We need to get some quality players in asap if we are going to make a decent attempt at getting back up to the premier league, otherwise it's mid-table or worse, especially if we let some of our top players go and don't replace them properly

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    Carl Waite

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Anyone remember the '85 relegation when the entire squad were told "forget moving on, you are all staying to help regain the status you just lost"? Both the players and potential suitors knew exactly where they stood and the following season we bounced straight back. OK, this squad may not be as good but compare the firm stance taken back then to now. Having dithered over the manager we are now waiting for the formation of a football board to make decisions. On this board will be a recruitment manager, a position I have only just discovered already exisits and the incumbent leaves in August. So meantine the malcontents can nibble away and pursue moves and the contents are exposed to offers that would not be forthcoming if there was any sense of direction. A lesson from the past is you achieve nothing selling your best players. With Ruddy and Snodgrass gone we will be weaker. Finally, re Snoddy - good managers manage big egos.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Our record on trading on players is pretty poor. Even as far back as the sale of Ron Davies, the club has rarely got top price for a player, exceptions being Justin Fashanu and Chris Sutton. Hughton cultured this trait into an art form, giving away some good prospects because he lacked the vision to see potential and the management skill to develop it, whilst paying over the odds for some poor players or possibly players he made look poor.

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    waclor

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Thats an easy one Sharky. Money.

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    KiwiCanary

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I think you are in the minority there Stew. Anyway why would a player want to go to a team thats going to be fighting against relegation next season.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I'd take £6m for Ruddy. I'd also take £5-6m for Snodds (although I think he'd be massive for us in the Championship if he stayed). Rugby Union is an interesting comparison. Recently teams who have been relegated come back really strong a couple of years later...main reason being they get rid of their high earning older players and have the ability (in a lower league) to concentrate on youth. Here, selling Ruddy would give Rudd his chance. Selling Snods would give Redmond and the Murphys more of a look in. Potentially that's better for us in the long-run...

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • You've hit the nail absolutely precisely in the head for me there stew. Don't know how anyone can suggest that snoddy be captain. The guy has a serious attitude problem.

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    Steve_O

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Could, might, possibly. Until someone makes a bid everything is just conjecture. You are a NEWSpaper so give us news, not regurgitated rubbish made up by other newspapers. And don't get me started on articles which state the bleeding obvious.

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    Dan

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • …..Sorry Trev!.. Can't go along with your thoughts on Snodgrass.. although I had considered doing that myself..Captains armband and all that!..Playing in the middle and going it alone!....I have reached the conclusion that since Snodgrass has been here we have gone off the boil as a team, and therefore think the sooner he earns his corn somewhere else, the better it will be for Norwich City!.....He's just the sort of player Hull are on the lookout for, and they are still in the Premiership for at least another 12 months!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Marshall 15m, Ruddy 6m. How is that worked out!

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I have said it before, for me Snodgrass is the ideal player in the hole as he can shoot as well as pass. Likewise he is not afraid to tackle and is a reasonably good ball winger. I suspect we are more likely to see Fer and Tettey leave this summer so we need to hang onto those who can do a central midfield roll, I would offer Snodgrass the captains armband and build the team around that but what do I know my coaching badge has expired.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Sure it will be announced here shortly but NCFC just announced Head of recruitment Ewan Chester is to leave the club at the end of August. Bit odd that its at the end of August. Reminds me of last time he left. Sure the club will claim its so he can finish up helping the clubs summer recruitment drive like before. Not surprising hes leaving though. Hes only returned to NCFC because he'd been working with Hughton at the time.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Piranha24 check his twitter timeline. Ive saved it just incase it gets "deleted" once he gets in trouble. To pick up on something malaga flier said regarding Declan Rudd, im not saying malaga is wrong etc....I just want to know peoples reasons for saying Rudd is ready to replace Ruddy. Seen a fair few people over social media say the same thing but in the games ive watched Declan he looks no better than Mark Bunn to be fair. Not a knock on him at all, looks a decent enough keeper ability wise but in my opinion just looks soo slight in size and frame that I personally wouldnt feel comfy with him being chucked in as NCFC no1 next season should Ruddy leave. I could be wrong, missing something everyone else has seen or what ever.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • .....Malaga old chum!...Snodgrass is not a right winger! ..Snodgrass is not a left winger!...Snodgrass is a 90min whinger....Snodgrass is a one man traffic jam!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Ruddy an excellent keeper. But is Declan Rudd that far off that level? I think he would fit in very well. We must also remember that Ruddy has been scarred by the events of last season when he had no confidence in the defence in front of him - and for good reason. A change of club may be best for both him and Norwich City. As for Snodgrass and Pilks if the right offers come in, let them both go. We already have players who would fill their boots and for my money who would offer far more -- quicker, more decisive and effective and who have ability to beat a fullback on the outside and get in telling crosses. But the worry I have is that if we retain Snodgrass, will Adams continue with the bewildering Hughonesque view of him as a right winger? If so, then I really hope he will go. We need better service from the right wing than Snodgrass was able to provide. Adams has said he wants to to an attacking policy. If so he has to have the players to do that. Which means we need a midfield who can break at pace, beat men, pass the ball forward into the feet of the front men (man) and wingers who can also attack at pace and worry the fullbacks. Which means we need to look at replacing several players who do not cut it either because they don't have the pace or lack enough commitment to push themselves beyond training ground warm-ups!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Has Adams landed @ Florida airport clutching his bin liners of last season's DVDs yet? Expect a £8:5 m offer on some untested, lightweight Dutch striker around the end of July....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • A lot of this is about the message it would send out to the squad if these players were sold. I'd keep both if possible. The board have royally messed up the approach to the season so far by the Adams appointment and the Needham Market flirtation. If Snodgrass was sold to the likes of Hull, a team who invested in the transfer window when we didn't it would give the impression of an unambitious board happy to be a mid table Championship team.

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    suffolkcanary

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Mattias333 if thats true about him saying Norwich Reserves, then on his bike, we have talented twins who can do his job. And Ruddy is worth more than Marshall Flappy Bird, just because he made some good saves, still conceded the most. Wouldnt stand in Ruddy's way though if we got £10-12m and he had chance of first team premier football. He should be in that England squard, time for Rudd to be given a chance then. Oh and Wilbs is a free agent :o)

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    Piranha24

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Biggest thing for me if keeping a good core of the squad and NOT going down the Glenn Roeder loan player route. Yes the odd 1 or 2 youthful loans from top Prem clubs can be handy but dont allow half the squad to leave and replace them with loans.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • We need to make sure that if players go we get the right money and reinvest it in the squad. If we don't want players leaving we need to price buyers out. We must be careful not to allow the squad to be too weakened, and fall into a viscious circle. If we let too many of our top players go cheap, then we might struggle next year. if we fail to get promotion, we then risk loosing promising youngsters to the promoted sides. Before weknow Iit we're a mid table Championship side that spends more time looking over our shoulder at league 1 than looking up to promotion.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Ruddy £6M, Snodgrass £3M, RvW £8.5M! Am I missing something?

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    PerthCanary

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • £6m for Ruddy, get real. Didnt Liverpool pay Sunderland £9m for Mignolet last summer?

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • If anyone has access to twitter, go check out Pilks latest tweet! Uploaded a picture of himself and Wes Hoolahan posing with 2 ipswich players with the tweet saying "Here we go Ireland golf day! Ipswich V Norwich RESERVES".

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Agree Trevor that loyal servant John Ruddy should think carefully before joining a big club. Fee offered far to low. Only sell for a price we cannot refuse. Tettey played 72 minutes for Norway against France before being taken off. Les Bleu led four nil at that time, so Tettey did nothing to promote himself for a transfer. Hull may suffer from second season syndrome and struggle, particularly if established teams and the rich owners at QPR and Leicester spend wisely.

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    Capri

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Tomorrow's main headline story: 'Neil Adams "rues" players being linked to other clubs.' You heard it here here first! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Haha nice one Mattias :-) Here is my wild prediction: Man U will make a sneaky offer for Leroy Fer as Van Gaal rates him and they could see him as a cheap option squad player

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Here is a wild prediction ;) withing the next 2 days archant will display a story on the site about Leroy Fer trying to impress for Holland after Rafael van der Vaart got injured and will miss the world cup. Heck I bet they are already typing out 4 paragraphs of nothing already ;)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Ruddy will stay with us at least until January - that way he would have played a good chunk of games as first choice 'keeper, and if we play the way we did this season then he will more than justified in asking for a move then.

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Lets face it, we are bound to be asset stripped now we have gone through the relegation trapdoor. If I were John Ruddy though, I would look long and hard before deciding to sit on the bench for any Premiership club, you soon become a forgotten man. Surely he will want to play every week for whatever club he ends up at. I would rather he stayed but likewise can understand if he wants away. Again with Snodgrass, despite the amount of critics at Carrow Road, he was one of our best players and had a lot of relative time on the ball, the more ball you have the more mistakes you are bound to make as they say. I for one would love to see him stay but expect strong competition from a number of lower Premiership clubs.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, I agree, those players you mention were no worse (arguably better) than their replacements and certainly the likes of Adeyemi, Jackson and Tierney had a good attitude which maybe would have made the difference in avoiding relegation.

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    Johny

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • el dingo, we do not have a good recent history in transfer activity. C. Martin, Adeyemi, Jackson, Tierney released for free. Vaughan, Barnett and Steer for peanuts\compensation. We bought the `Emperor`s New Clothes` from Sporting Lisbon`s Klerenwinkel, and now the Board may have to work out how best to obfuscate the small matter of an £8.5 million loss. Hooper disappointed - he`s not bad, but £5.5m? Rename our ground The `Carrow Converse Charity Shop`. Slogan: "We buy Anything - Gifts Galore". Special feature; the Bargain Bowkett.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Wonder if we could trust RS in the same way Matt? He will go but surely not to Hull...

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Most professional players seem to be in Dubai at the moment. Methinks it is their agents starting the rumours in hope of a bidding war.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • 15 Million for David Marshall? Always liked him so it isn't a pop at an EX-NCFC player but 15 million!!! Just proves how out of control the transfer market is. My stance is the same as ever, I just cannot see Ruddy going to anyone to be 2nd choice. MY fear is the same as always, should Newcastle lose Tim Krul or Palace offer the right money now Speroni has been released, he may head there. Only positive is I trust him to stay and not cause a fuss unless someone makes a crazy bid for him to the club.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • It would be nice to see a positive article on here about Norwich trying to sign a player rather than constant stories about those who are touted to leave. Cardiff and Fulham have already started to strengthen yet I've heard nothing from our club.

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I very much doubt we'd accept a bid of 3m for Snoddy, but if Hull offer something decent then it will get interesting. With the added pressure of the European games I wouldn't be surprised if that meant he would be heading for another relegation battle...

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Would be surprised for Ruddy to go anywhere to "provide competition", same for Marshall. Saw stats on shots saved last season, Marshall was top and Ruddy second or third. Both good keepers. Don't get the massive difference in valuation though.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Snoddy to Hull for £3m? Now you muppets on the Board might understand why the peasants are revolting. But you probably STILL don't!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • £10-12m would be the minimum we should get for these 2 players. Good players like these 2 deserve to stay in the premier league but for Norwich the key is how the money is reinvested. The spine of the team being the obvious weak points for Norwich this season.

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    Crazy canary

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Let them both go and make some money out of them. Declan Rudd is just as good as Ruddy and Redmond is more dangerous than Snodgrass down the right.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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