Former City number one Gunn linked with £15m move to Southampton
PUBLISHED: 16:36 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:02 27 June 2018
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Southampton are reportedly in talks with Manchester City to sign former Norwich City loan keeper Angus Gunn in a deal worth around £15million.
Goal claim the Saints are in talks for the England Under-21 international, with Premier League rivals Leicester City also keen to sign the 22-year-old.
Norwich-born Gunn, the son of Canaries legend Bryan, was an ever-present in the Championship for Norwich last season and was voted into third place by fans in the player-of-the-season stakes.
The youngster kept 15 clean sheets as he earned his first senior experience and has been capped 11 times at U21 level by England. He was also an unused substitute for the England senior squad during a friendly against Brazil last season and trained with Gareth Southgate’s squad ahead of the World Cup.
While a return to Norwich never seemed likely for next season, a loan move to top-flight Watford or Championship new boys Stoke had been touted.
But it seems Southampton boss Mark Hughes has made a permanent move, after Alex McCarthy took over from the out-of-favour Fraser Forster – another former Norwich loanee – during the latter stages of last season. Former Reading keeper McCarthy has today been rewarded with a new four-year contract.
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The report also states that Premier League champions Manchester City would insert a buy-back clause in any deal for Gunn, who they signed from Norwich in 2011 after his family left Norfolk, with a compensation fee of £250,000 set by an independent tribunal.
Gunn is yet to make his debut for Manchester City but has been named on the bench for Premier League and Champions League games by manager Pep Guardiola in the past.