John Ruddy
John Ruddy Reuters

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy to compete with Wojciech Szczesny for the number one jersey, according to the Mirror.

Arsene Wenger has been scouring the market for a quality goalkeeper to challenge the Pole, after the departure of Lukasz Fabianski to Swansea City earlier in the summer.

Arsenal's current back up option is the inexperienced Argentine youngster Damian Martinez, who spent a part of last season on-loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

Ruddy's consistent form for Norwich saw him receive a call up to the England squad, and the Canaries feel they might lose their prized asset after they were relegated from the Premier League last season.

Althought the England goalkeeper had pledged his future to the Carrow Road club, he might be tempted at the thought of playing for a top Premier League club. It will also improve Ruddy's chances of getting selected to the national team after he narrowly missed the cut to make it to Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.

However, Norwich will not let their star player go on a cheap and are likely to demand a fee in the region £7m.

The Gunners boss has been linked with multiple targets to fill the goalkeeping void at Arsenal, with reports suggesting that Cardiff City's David Marshall is the primary target for Arsenal. However, the Welsh club are demanding a very hefty fee in the region of £15m, which the north London club are unlikely to meet.

Wenger has also cast his eyes on a few other targets during his time spent in Brazil as a TV pundit. It is believed that Arsenal are looking at two goalkeepers who starred for their countries during the World Cup, viz. Keylor Navas of Costa Rica and Colombia's David Ospina.