Chelsea in advanced talks to sign Norwich stopper Ruddy

Norwich stopper John Ruddy is said to be in advanced talks regarding a move to Chelsea, reports The Express.

The move is believed to be to provide backup to established first choice Stamford Bridge stopper Petr Cech, and the 26-year-old Ruddy made a big impression during his time between the sticks for Norwich last season, helping the Canaries survive their second season back in the Premier League.

With the Blues having allowed Thibaut Courtois to move on loan to Atletico Madrid, they were short of cover at the back and see Ruddy, a goalkeeper with international experience, as a top class alternative to keep Cech on his toes.

Ruddy won his first England cap in August 2012, coming on as a substitute for Jack Butland and making several key saves to allow the Three Lions to beat Italy 2-1 in a friendly in Bern, Switzerland.

He signed for Norwich, then a Championship outfit, in 2010 for an undisclosed fee from SPL side Motherwell, and has gone on to make almost 100 appearances for the club.

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