Norwich City transfer rumours: John Ruddy being considered by Premier League sides West Ham and Brighton

PUBLISHED: 10:35 02 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 02 June 2017

Outgoing Canaries keeper John Ruddy is reportedly being considered by West Ham and Brighton. 
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Outgoing Canaries keeper John Ruddy is reportedly being considered by West Ham and Brighton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Premier League sides West Ham and Brighton are both considering moves for outgoing Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy.

The experienced goalkeeper’s contract is not being extended by the Canaries this summer as the 30-year-old’s top-flight wages are too expensive to keep on the books at Carrow Road.

That is despite City having a one-year option on Ruddy’s contract, bringing an end to a seven-year spell which featured two promotions to the Premier League and 242 appearances, to place him 46th in the club’s all-time appearances list.

The Daily Mail claim West Ham and Brighton are ‘in the market’ for a keeper this summer but also tout Championship sides Middlesbrough, Fulham and Sunderland as possible options for the one-cap England international.

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Brighton could lose number one David Stockdale as his contract is expiring, setting up a potential reunion with former Canaries boss Chris Hughton at the newly promoted Seagulls for Ruddy.

West Ham saw Adrian and Darren Randolph struggle to hold down their number one shirt last year, Middlesbrough have lost Victor Valdes after relegation and Sunderland are similarly expected to lose Jordan Pickford, while Fulham’s Marcus Bettinelli is the subject of top-flight interest.

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The report states Ruddy is hopeful of returning to the Premier League though, where he played for four seasons with Norwich previously.

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