Norwich City plot Southampton raid for Angus Gunn as Tim Krul challenger ahead of Premier League return
According to Hampshire Live, Norwich City are plotting a raid on Southampton to sign Angus Gunn as competition for Tim Krul ahead of their return to the Premier League.
Daniel Farke’s Canaries are drawing up options who can strengthen the goalkeeper selection at Carrow Road, with doubt in the future of Orjan Nyland as the Norwegian stalls over an offer to extend his stay beyond the current season.
Nyland is hesitant to commit his future to the Norfolk outfit after failing to make a single appearance following his January arrival from Aston Villa, with Krul the undisputed first choice and keeping 18 clean sheets over his 36 Championship outings this term.
Gunn is thought to be among the options under consideration at Carrow Road should Norwich be forced to sign a new number two, as Southampton are open to selling the former Canaries prospect should he not return for a second season on loan with Stoke City.
The 25-year-old was set to spend two campaigns at the bet365 Stadium but the plan could be scrapped, as the Potters intend to rotate between Gunn and Adam Davies next term to raise the potential for a move elsewhere this summer.
Southampton are yet to make a final decision on Gunn’s future, although Ralph Hasenhuttl is said to be open-minded to cashing in on the England international with the Saints boss keen to sell unwanted players to raise funds for his own summer signings.
Norwich are also yet to make contact with the St. Mary’s natives over Gunn’s situation while the goalkeeper may overlook a return to Carrow Road, knowing that he will not be the first choice and have to settle for a back-up role to Krul.
The potential for Southampton to sell Gunn this summer will be high as the goalkeeper has two years left on his contract, but does not appear likely to fulfil Hasenhuttl’s expectations having not featured at St. Mary’s since October 2019 when beaten 9-0 by Leicester City.
Hasenhuttl had claimed Gunn ‘has a big future’ (premierleague.com) earlier in 2019 after keeping a clean sheet on his top-flight debut at Chelsea, only to fall out of favour within a year and failed to thrive with Stoke since joining the Championship side on loan.
In 15 second-tier appearances, of which he started 14, Gunn kept six clean sheets but also conceded 21 goals, while only featuring once between the middle of March and the end of the season earlier this month, to hardly warrant a return to being Hasenhuttl’s number one next season.
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