The Daily Mail understands that John Ruddy, who was released after several seasons at Norwich City, has held discussions with West Ham United. The 30-year-old played over 230 times for the Canaries but could be set for a step up into the Premier League in the off-season.

Slaven Bilic already has the likes of Darren Randolph, Adrian and Raphael Spiegel in the goalkeeping department at the London Stadium. However the Croat could possibly welcome the additional experience that Ruddy provides and also provide further competition for places with the Hammers.

It has already been a summer of change at Norwich and more are anticipated. Ruddy was one of seven names to be told that their contracts would not be extended. Sporting director Stuart Webber is leading the task to find a new manager of the club and they hope to name a permanent successor to Alex Neil as soon as possible. Many names have been linked to the vacancy. Alan Irvine ended the campaign in caretaker charge. As for West Ham, Bilic’s future has been something of a discussion point too after a frustrated season at the helm. It is believed he should remain in charge, although a change could put an end to any possibly Ruddy deal.

Ruddy also has international experience to his name in the form of one England cap. He was initially called up for the Euro 2012 squad, but injury forced him to pull out. He appeared for 45 minutes in a friendly against Italy, a clash which England won 2-1. Highlights of that game can be seen in the video below!

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