Arsenal plotting £6m move for John Ruddy

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Arsenal could be set to move for Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy this summer in order to provide serious competition for current number one Wojciech Szczesny.

This is reported in the British media by The Daily Mail, who further suggest that such a move would be worth a modest £6 million.

Ruddy had built up a strong reputation in the Premier League with the Canaries over recent seasons, even working his way into the England squad as a back-up to undisputed first-choice Joe Hart.

He wasn't quite as impressive in 2013/14, however, with Norwich relegated to the Championship following a dismal season under Chris Hughton.

Indeed, such mixed form led to Ruddy being left out of the Three Lions' squad for the upcoming World Cup, with manager Roy Hodgson eventually opting for Ben Foster and the formidable figure of Fraser Forster as chief alternatives to Hart.

Although Polish international Szczesny has matured somewhat since first being handed the opportunity to cement a starting berth at Arsenal, the need to install competition for the role is obvious with Lukasz Fabianski set to depart the club with his contract expiring and loanee Emiliano Viviano having seemingly failed to make any sort of impact whatsoever during his stint at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have already been linked with a move to beat fierce rivals Tottenham to the signing of £15 million-rated David Marshall, although Ruddy - despite not performing nearly as well last season - would appear to be a far cheaper option than his Cardiff City counterpart.

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