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Chelsea In Advanced Talks To Sign England Stopper

Chelsea Football Club are in advanced talks to sign Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy after returning with an improved £7m bid, according to Sky Sports News.

With the summer transfer window now open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Chelsea are in talks for John Ruddy.

Chelsea Football Club are in advanced talks to sign Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy, according to Sky Sports News.

The Blues were reported to have submitted an improved £7m offer for the stopper last week having previously seen their opening bid of £5m rejected out-of-hand by the Cannaries – who insisted they wouldn’t sell their No.1 of the cheap.

However, it appears Chelsea’s renewed interest has caught the attention of Chris Houghton’s men, with Sky Sports suggesting the Europa League winners are now in advanced talks to sign the 26-year-old this summer.

Ruddy has been hugely impressive between the sticks at Carrow Road since signing from Everton in 2010, and was a key figure in Norwich securing a 12th place finish when they returned to the Premier League in the 2011/12 season.

He found himself on the sidelines through injury for much of last season though, and his deputy Mark Bunn was excellent in his absence, and it seems Houghton is prepared to cash in on Ruddy as he feels he already has an able replacement in place.

Chelsea are in desperate need of goalkeeping cover for No.1 Petr Cech after allowing Thibaut Courtois to join Atletico Madrid on loan for another season, while both Hilario and Ross Turnbull have been released, and it appears they’ve set their sights on Ruddy.

It will be interesting to see whether the keeper will be keen on the switch though, as playing second fiddle to Cech all season isn’t likely to do his chances of playing at next summers World Cup any good.

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