Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries swoop for Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern

PUBLISHED: 10:34 17 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:41 17 July 2016

Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern has joined Norwich City Photo: Jeff Holmes/Handout/PA Wire

Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern has joined Norwich City Photo: Jeff Holmes/Handout/PA Wire


Norwich City will tie up a deal to sign Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 star Michael McGovern this week.

The former Hamilton keeper, who is a free agent after leaving New Douglas Park this summer, will head south to link up again with old boss Alex Neil after rejecting interest from Premier League Southampton.

Neil sanctioned a season-long loan move for young keeper Remi Matthews to the Accies to replace McGovern and Jake Kean is set to complete a move to Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the next few days.

The Scot now has just two senior keepers on his books at Carrow Road in John Ruddy and Declan Rudd, but Neil revealed after Saturday’s 3-0 friendly win at Peterborough he expects to bring in a new stopper.

“I will soon resolve that situation,” he said. “I am hopeful of doing something and other things are moving. We are trying to be as active as we can. I am currently working on a lot of things. Yes, I think Jake might be joining them (Sheffield Wednesday) over the next day or so. It won’t leave us light even though we have let Remi (Matthews) go out to join Hamilton.”

The Daily Record report McGovern is scheduled to head to Norfolk this week to complete the formalities of his proposed move. The chance to work with Neil again and compete to be City’s established number one have convinced the 32-year-old to snub a possible Premier League switch to the south-coast, where McGovern would be Fraser Forster’s deputy.

McGovern spent two seasons at Hamilton and has played all his career in Scotland but the keeper excelled in his country’s run to the last-16 of Euro 2016, producing a string of superb saves in the group defeat to World Champions Germany.

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