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Chelsea Transfer News: Jose Mourinho Should Not Up Ante on John Ruddy Bid

Chelsea made an offer for goalkeeper John Ruddy but was told to double it.
Chelsea made an offer for goalkeeper John Ruddy but was told to double it.Clive Mason/Getty Images
Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

Chelsea is looking for some reinforcements at goalkeeper, but the club should pass on John Ruddy if it means shelling out top dollar to Norwich.

Charlie Wyett of The Sun reported that the Blues made a £5 million offer for the Canaries' starting keeper, but Chris Hughton quickly shut it down.

Although the deal reportedly contained additional incentives as well, Hughton told Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that he'd need to double that bid for him to consider making a move.

And that should be where Mourinho hangs up the phone and moves on. Nothing against Ruddy, but why would Chelsea break the bank for a backup?

Ruddy, an England native, has thrived for the Canaries since they obtained him from Everton at a £400,000 bargain. The 26-year-old notched 55 saves in 16 games for Norwich City, but he spent many of the squad's matches on the sideline.

He missed half of the season with a thigh injury before returning just in time to help the club secure Premier League safety in a 4-0 shutout over West Bromwich Albion. He plays a pivotal role for his current team, which makes a potential switch illogical for both sides.

Norwich City would lose its starting goalkeeper to a team who already has one of its own. Chelsea is simply looking for a safety option behind Petr Cech, who is a top-notch keeper in no danger of losing his starting role. 

While it's understandable to seek someone else to have behind Cech, who turned 31 in May, it's not a big enough need to write a hefty check. Such rash allocations of their resources will get Mourinho in trouble as he attempts to bolster his club and take them back to the top. 

Goalkeeping is not a problem at Stamford Bridge. Only Arsenal and Manchester City surrendered less goals among the 20 Premier League squads last season.

Maybe the transfer would make sense if the original offer enticed Norwich, but Chelsea should not get carried away chasing a player who the club hopes would rarely take the field. If Hughton is going to play hard to get, Mourinho should explore other options rather than caving in to his demands. 

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