RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City eye Empoli’s Davide Bassi should John Ruddy leave

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy has been linked with a return to the Premier League this summer. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City keeper John Ruddy has been linked with a return to the Premier League this summer. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
2:54 PM

Norwich City are keeping tabs on Empoli’s promotion-winning keeper Davide Bassi should the Canaries fail to hold onto first choice John Ruddy.

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Italian-based football site, Tutto Mercato, claimed on Wednesday afternoon the 29-year-old could be a possible option with England international Ruddy already linked with a swift return to the Premier League following the club’s relegation.

Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Sunderland have all been touted as potential destinations for Ruddy this summer, although the City stopper has made it clear in the wake of missing out on a World Cup place with England he is prepared to play his part in the club’s Championship fightback.

Ruddy attracted interest from Chelsea 12 months ago before the St-Ives bred keeper signed a new deal keeping him at Carrow Road until 2017. Declan Rudd and Mark Bunn are also on the books for Norwich.

Bassi is poised to play in Serie A this coming season after Empoli were promoted behind champions Palermo. The former Italian youth international kept 14 clean sheets last season in 41 appearances for the club he joined in 2006. Cagliari and Sampdoria are also tracking the keeper, according to the report.

City chief Neil Adams made his first signing of the summer last week with a deal for Bournemouth’s prolific striker Lewis Grabban.

44 comments

  • there are better keepers than Ruddy around but weather they would what to come here is very doubtful.

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    DOBBY1970

    Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • Norwich & England are the same thing really Brewer. Both managed by people whose theory on the game is less attack, more defense (well hopefully not anymore now Hughtons gone!). I've said for years that watching England is like watch NCFC (Prior and after the Lambert era of course).

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 13, 2014

  • happycanary - I hope this is just based on the fact that someone might come along offering silly money for Ruddy that tempts us to sell. Just because we don't need to sell doesn't mean we shouldn't sell at the right price.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • OMG, jigs69, if Watson is part of the Bewilderwood clique that is bad news - though it does add up. If he`s also a part of the Hodgson clique, as seems likely, it explains the pre-eminence of Mr. Loyalty, Benji Foster. Let`s keep Ruddy. He`s good. Watson probably isn`t. Just keeps the right, or left, company.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Rudd or Bunn would do ok but Ruddy is clearly our number one, just like Hart is number one for England. I think this Bassi story lacks substance but it does highlight the need for us to hold on to our best players and bring in some who can help us improve. That is the challenge for Adams\Holt\Football Board\Head of Recruitment\Joe Royle.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Ridiculous story! 'Should Canaries fail to hang on to first choice John Ruddy' 1) The club have said that they don't need to sell any player 2) John Ruddy has said that he is happy at Norwich & will only go if club decides to sell! Why do we stir things up about our own players?! To get back up you need a top class keeper so why even consider selling him when he has a long contract with us still? He will probably be worth the same amount in a years time & has age on his side. Come on EDP, you know most 'rumours' have no substance!

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    happycanary

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Chris Woods! Legendary. One of Moyes's men who is still with Utd. Very Highly rated GK coach. Watson will be gone. As previously mentioned he seems to follow Hughton where ever he goes. Can imagine Adams wanting to get that area sorted, rather than being left high and dry once Hughton gets a new job. MB no need to apologise for the mistake regarding league 1....with my track record im in no position to judge! Funny you mention the academy Brew! I was actually asking the exact same question yesterday.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Oh hello, just discovered that Watson coached at Northampton and Forest before Birmingham - must be part of the Bewilderwood gang. Also, his goalkeeping career was crocked in a game against . . . Norwich. You couldn't make it up!

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    jigs69

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • My concern is that our England goalkeeping coach who didn't have the clout to get Ruddy to Brazil doesn't really know Rudd very well and may make an uninformed decision about him. I don't understand how Watson's inexperience has landed him that job when there are experienced England goaliesPL coaches around like Chris Woods.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Mea Culpa, Matt, I meant L1.. The underlying point is the physicality required. I really would like to see Dec in an un-retouched photo alongside JR. Last time I looked at Wiki, for what it`s worth, Declan was down as 6` 2.5" I think. He may have grown since then... Bunn looks, errhh, `Chunky`, but he seemed to be overwhelmed by tall forwards. I remember him `getting out of jail` vs Swansea, when a Michu headed `goal` was ruled out for a `foul` on Bunn. I agree with Colin on the way goalkeeping has been mismanaged by Hughton. Bunn is, of course, an old protégé of Bewilderwood. I`m hoping that, under the Neil Adams\Gary Holt\Mark Robson régime, the best use will be made of emerging talent. Where does Norwich stand in the Academy stakes now? Does relegation affect our status at all? I bet Trevor Keith probably knows the answer to that. Or Matt....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • I'm probably in the minority with this view but I'd actually make Bunn the number 1 if Ruddy goes. He did a reasonable job standing in when JR was injured and I've seen him make some fantastic saves

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Wow I must be typing slow today as so many people commented while I was replying to jigs. To MB as mentioned its not so much the official height but more the presence that comes with it. He wasn't playing championship football last season as you mentioned MB but League1 in fact but little difference it makes in my opinion. Ill make it clear, Rudds technical ability as a keeper isnt in question with me, just the presence that is such a key attribute for Keepers. Bunn technically is a very good keeper but his size\frame always restricts him. Jed Steer is a positive example though, as I remember being at WBA away in the FA cup and saying how good technically he was, just his small size would stop him being no1 ever. Fast forward a few years and judging from the footage I saw of him playing for Villa he's obviously put in a lot of work in the gym and looks to have shot up in height a bit too. Looks a totally different keeper to his time here with us in his youth. Hopefully the same applies with Rudd over the next few years. That & that alone though is why Im not sure hes ready to be no1 quite yet.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Oh dear. Im not getting into an arguement over how tall he is again. While hes hardly 'short' my point is hes less than imposing which is my concern. The games i watched he did well, no doubts there, his technical ability has never been in doubt for me, its just in each of the games I watched on TV for preston he made errors that lead to goals which were caused by either lack of communication with his defenders or lack of physical presence. Less aggression chap. No need to blow a gasket because someone has a different opinion. :) Just food for thought. Not saying hes no good or anything of the sort, in fact I think in time he will go on to be a very successful keeper, Im just not sure hes ready to be the full no1 keeper in this vital season. Massive difference between Ruddys presence and Rudds.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • On the height issue that chap Watson, the goal keeping coach (is he still on our books?) always looks like a midget on photographs. He doesn't look especially tall when he is standing on the touchline at England matches. The WC starts today and nobody on our boards has mentioned it - excellent. In fact I feel ashamed for having done so. Not many flags from car windows either, thank goodness. I don't mind Hodgson as a manager but I still hope England lose all three matches.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Should let Rudd & Bunn fight it out really, unless we can sign someone young and thought to be ahead of Rudd. No point signing another experienced mediocre keeper. This is what forced out Steer with the signings of Bunn, Camp & Nash. Hughton has potentially cost us two good homegrown keepers by going with them ahead of Rudd and Steer in the last two seasons.

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    Colin

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • My strong backing for RUDD RUDD RUDD comes from three independent PNE friends who say that his form has been excellent with 20 clean sheets and they probably wouldn't have made the play-offs without his shot stopping ability. Also, his distribution has always been better than Ruddy's. He is 6' 3" tall. What on earth is "concerning" about that?

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    jigs69

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • I asked this question the other day and non of the Rudd Rudd Rudd fans answered, but have any of you actually watched (talking more than once!) Rudd while on loan at Preston? Or are those so positive Rudd is ready to take over from Ruddy using the same method they did for declaring RVW the best thing since sliced bread before they'd ever saw him play. Personally for me in such a vital season to bounce immediately back up I wouldn't be in favour of Declan jumping straight in. While i've heard a few good things regarding Declan from a mate of mine who is a Preston fan, in the games I watched his size still concerned me and didnt fill me with confidence, just like Bunn's doesn;t when Ruddy has been out. Id be looking for an experienced, strong keeper should the worst happen and we lose Ruddy. Should we fail to get up at the first attempt I believe it will become a much more longer term effort in promotion and then the potential to put Rudd in would emerge. Just my personal opinion on it all anyway. I could be totally wrong and Rudd goes on to develope suddenly over the summer and makes me look very silly.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • I assume this is what it is portrayed as - a rumour and most likely BS. I also believe Rudd is ready from what my PNE contacts have seen and that Bunn is an OK if not brilliant backup if needed. Still also believe that Ruddy knows his chances will not be enhanced by sitting on the bench even if his wages were.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • John a bit of advice ," ruddy" well stay where you are and all being well you will be back in the PL in a years time. As I read it that is the intention of all who write on here and all of the City players too. Lets have some ambition.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • Bassi to replace Ruddy? Sounds like something fishy to me.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • One question, WHY???

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    Cap Canary

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • RUDD! RUDD! RUDD! Whatever the source for this article, he is our player and a very good one at that. Stop messing him about. If Ruddy goes he is the perfect replacement. If not another season on loan won't be bad thing, I'm sure Preston will be delighted to have him again.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Can't he simply re-incarnate himself? Rabid Sage?

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Algarve re POOR Archant journos ur spot on. They don't earn much either.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Wot's Jerry Springer done this time? Please let it be heroic and funny.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Now even Steely has lapsed into the "your\you`re" error. What is going on hear, you poeple?! I agree with Cecile, Barking has the most wicked and amusing turn of phrase. So why has Archie banned him? Error on the publication of the Poll results. They will be in The Slipperbottom Sheepbreeders` Biennial Annual Tupping Tournament held daily at the Masonic Hall, Briston.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • .......................as for Archant printing these stupid articles???? Have some sympathy!....its the "silly season".....no real news and the poor Archant journos have to print something!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • I would take issue with the suggestion that Bunn is a premier league quality keeper. He actually cost us points when he stood in for Ruddy. He isnt tall enough, he isnt good on crosses, and he made several game losing gaffs during his time as Ruddys deputy. The back 4 certainly werent confident in him. If Ruddy goes, it has to be Rudd as number 1, certainly not Bunn.

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Yes, I'd welcome Barking back. Not because I am right-minded, or for any of MB's 7 reasons, but because Barking has such a nice turn of insult.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Sorry, old chap. You seem to have lost me, what?

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Not Dullards for Barbe but a nice drop of Lindemans Kriek cherry Lambic ale. He had some good recommendations re. French hostelries. Your testing us again Brew as the column was today's pub of the week. Frank Fryup will confirm.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • What utter nonsense - however, I have heard that City are considering a last minute grab for Mark Theoklitos from the Brisbane Roar. Rawwwwwwwwwwwwwrrr !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • I agree with Waclor, don't forget Declan Rudd

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • It`s a joke! A play on words. Has nobody seen the EDP`s "This week`s pub of the month" item? Ye Gods, la barbe. Why should I have to explain grown-up humour to adults? Why do you imagine, (can you even imagine imagination?), I bothered to insert `quarterly` into the sentence? Go get a few gallons of Dullard`s Bitter down your neck. Do you good. Wac, you disappoint me. You spend too much time talking to doggie-vvoggies.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Can you have a quarterly edition of an annual journal? Just asking.

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Time you came in from the sun Brew.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Btw, on a frivolous note, it looks like the Karra Kremlin`s Ministry of Truth has got its Provisional Wing, Archant, fully mobilised. A bit of expectoration management. Not to be coughed at.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • What do you think this does to Declan Rudd?Hughton lost Jed Steer due to his poor man management. Come on Adams you are supposed to be an improvement. Leave him in Italy and look at your own staff.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • I heard a rumour that Barking Wise has been banned by Archie. The independent polling company, Pont-Emmett, have commissioned me to run a poll. As it is obvious that all right-minded people would welcome him back and, in any case, Archie would declare void any votes from wrong-minded types, this is the Poll. "Do you want BW back because 1) He`s a smartar$e - 2) Because he`s not a smartar$e - 3) Because he`s cleverer than he thinks he is - 4) Because he isn`t clever at all - 5) Because he`s so likeable - 5) Because he reminds you of Ar$ene Wenger - 6) None of those things - 7) All of those things. Results will be published in next quarter`s Nogdam End Badger Breeders` Annual Journal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Didn't Davide Bassi used to play central midfield for Leeds, Blackburn and Newcastle?

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    Colin

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Massimo Taibi. Legend!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Italian goalkeepers in English football; far more flops than successes. Don't do it, Adams!

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    Colin

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Talk about clutching at straws. This rumour isn't remotely believable yet alone news worthy. Firstly - why would he come here (he's just been promoted to Serie A). Secondly - Norwich City FC are hardly reknowned for their foreign goalkeeper purchasing skills (Surely you remember he whose name I can't spell), and Thirdly - if Ruddy leaves (he deserves to be in the Premier League. Then Bunn and Rudd are more than capable of replacing him. People seem to forgot that Bunn played a lot of Premier League games for us in Hughtons first season and he didn't look out of place.

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    Lewis Esquire

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • I'd love to be paid to create this rubbish. The Italian media sounds as poor as ours. In reality should the worst happen and we lose Ruddy I personally would 100% want a solid, established no1 keeper brought in. I know that will clash will some fans on this site who appear 100% confident and sure Declan Rudd is ready to be no1 but just my personal opinion. Hopefully we dont lose Ruddy. He certainly appears very loyal so he wont leave unless its an insane sized offer. I bet good money there is no truth in this story though.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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