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Rumour mill: Norwich City’s John Ruddy is a January transfer target for Crystal Palace

08:13 10 December 2014

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is being touted with a January move to Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is being touted with a January move to Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich keeper John Ruddy is being touted with a January transfer window move to Premier League Crystal Palace.

Ruddy is likely to be a regular feature in the transfer gossip columns ahead of next month’s opening of the window, with Wednesday’s Daily Mirror reporting Eagles’ chief Neil Warnock is weighing up a move to test the Canaries’ resolve to hang onto their number one.

The Palace boss wants serious competition for first choice Julian Speroni, with Ruddy on his watch list. The 28-year-old was heavily linked to Crystal Palace in the summer, along with Sunderland and Arsenal, before the England keeper publicly made it clear he wanted to stay and help the Canaries clinch Championship promotion.

Ruddy signed a new four-year deal in October 2013 after previous interest from Premier League title favourites Chelsea.

The Mirror claim City would not trade for less than £4m although chief executive David McNally reiterated on Monday during an online session with Norwich City fans the Canaries are under no pressure to sell against their will next month.

Palace is currently 15th in the Premier League table, a point above the bottom three, with Speroni an ever-present for the Eagles in the top flight this season.

Ruddy’s form has come in for stiff criticism during a difficult spell for the Norwich prior to last weekend’s Championship clean sheet in the 1-0 win at Wigan, with the ex-Everton keeper using his official Twitter account recently to underline his loyalty to the club after rejecting potentially more lucrative options to leave Carrow Road.

The Mirror also report his former club may look at Ruddy as a potential longer-term replacement for Toffees’ number one, Tim Howard, at the end of this season.

23 comments

  • Ruddy to CP, Speroni to Southampton and Forster to us...

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    Norwegian Canary

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • B O Foggo- Your memory is not good Robert Green is still playing in the Prem. Anyway Bye, Bye Rudy I say!

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    borderman

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • £4m a joke,got to be double that.would not want him to go till at least summer if at all.

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Crikey! He had a few blooming good seasons for us but he ruddy well is looking a bit slow ,a bit porky with questionable decision making this year . Best has been had and at 28 it may be time for the Club to cash in and move him along. Next!

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • BoF, agree with everything you say, especially the correct spelling of `Forster`, to coin a Phraser. Declan is no midget; I believe, at the last pencil mark on the wall, he was 6` and 2.75". Bunn is but a mere 6`-ish. The length of arms should be germane, too. I suppose. Agility, speed of thought & reaction and decent eyesight should be included in the formula. Gordon Banks didn`t half do well in the circumstances. Monocular Monster `twixt the posts... Bunn is a good `stopper`. He should get a job as a doorman in Prisoner of War Road!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • I cant remember any former NCFC Keepers who did very well after leaving us . I dont think Ruddy is a very good one anyway , just big is all . I liked Fraser Forster a lot and City should have found the money to buy him after his year on loan down here . Missed opportunity . If Ruddy goes , no tears here , give Rudd his chance to shine he should be ready for that now , and 4 million more in the pot to try and find a goalscorer with .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • He has been through a bit of a rough patch but could be turning the corner now. He has the capability to play at the highest level but has some lapses of confidence now and again, who doesn't. It was always tough to come in after Fraser Foster and he struggled a bit to start with but hen was early good up to his fairly serious muscle-tear injury. Fraser has made the right move at the right time to team up with Dave Watson at Southampton, that seemed to be a little more than coincidence. JR will need a Premier League platform soon to challenge Foster and Hart. Not sure that Crystal Palace would be the best move though. I like Dec and that he is local, I worry that he is just not big enough. Mark Bunn is not big enough, though he is a good stopper.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • I agree we have had the best of Ruddy perhaps we can get Green in exchange?

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    derek lanham

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Let him go......no loss.

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    A fine city

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • On current form I fear Ruddy would only ever get a back up job in the Premiership so it will be a case of what is more important, playing every game in the Championship or warming the bench in the Premiership.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Have Palace actually watched the NCFC games this season?? If they have then I reckon they're after Rudd rather than Ruddy...

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    Parsnip

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • If Phelan can't improve Redmond then I think it unlikely that anyone can so if anyone is interested let him go, same with Ruddy if he wants to go let him and get some money to spend on the team to improve the defence back or\and middle.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Not a disaster; as long as the price is right. Not that we`d ever know... "undisclosed fee" etc. It needs to be a good deal more than £4m, for sure. I agree with malaga flier. But we would need a good understudy to Declan. How`s Remi Martin, sorry - Matthews, coming on? (I was thinking of cognac for some reason - perhaps it was Colin`s mention of Hennessey!). Is Bunn still lurking about with his sicknote? I`d hope, for JR`s sake, that he can do better than join a perennial relegation-struggler. Everton looks better! (Cue Everton slump, and their ensuing relegation struggle...).

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Ruddy has proved this season that he is far from an essential part of our promotion drive and now will be a good time to value his transfer appeal and value. The same applies to Redmond - we can survive without him- just get Bennett back and play him regularly.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • yep Malaga. couldn't agree more. they'll be a few folk come next year that will want to move on anyway, the hoopers of the world, if we dont go up. i'm not detracting from him but he'll want to be be prem talent i'd imagine.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • It may be that Ruddy now feels it is time to move on? In which case it would be down to market forces. If he does, I would wish him every success as he's done a sterling job at Norwich over the past 5 years. However we have a good keeper in waiting and in a way it would be good to give Declan Rudd his chance to step up. As for Redmond, it would be a bold move for the likes of Liverpool to take on a player who still hasn't developed to anything like his full potential. Having said that Rogers may believe they can bring him on and improve his finishing. In which case he may get an offer we cannot refuse and which would be good for his career. Personally I'd much rather see some of our older players moving on because, if we don't get promotion, we then have the opportunity to bring on more of our best youngsters which could be the best way ahead.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • What nonsense! They have Speroni and Hennessey. They'd only do a deal if it meant swapping one of those. Of which you'd want Speroni as Hennessey's a bit rubbish.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Good 'ol Ruddy - he'll stay in Jan. But I wouldn't be surprised if he goes as of summer if we don't go up. Him a bunch of others. Not that bothered. If we don't go up we have a very nice pool of youngsters to hone without me sounding creepy.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • This is why we need to be in the promotion mix come January. None of our players should want to join a Palace, QPR etc for a relegation battle. If a top team like Liverpool come in for a player (as reported for Redmond) then good luck to the lad..and £4m is a joke..double that at least

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    Irish canary

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • You get a Rudd for £4m not a Ruddy!

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • This is why we need to be right in the miX for promotion come January..none of our players should want to swaplay NCFC for a relegation scrap. Hooper and Redmond will also attract plenty of attention...if a club like Liverpool (as reported for Redmond) comes in, then fair enough to the lad..but not Palace, QPR etc. Oh yeah.. £4 is a joke!

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    Irish canary

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • This'll test the water with Ruddy if at all any substance to the story - what was that tweet again JR, something about 5 years of loyal service #Disappointed

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • "Would not trade for less than £4m", I hope that is a misprint. The big man is work at least double that.

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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