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Chelsea need to 'get the checkbook out' if they want John Ruddy

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Chelsea have been linked to several experienced goalkeepers with the expected departure of Petr Cech this summer, and on Wednesday, more stories began to emerge about the Blues having interest in Norwich City keeper John Ruddy. As a target, Ruddy makes sense, as he's a solid, if unspectacular player that would fill a homegrown spot in the squad.

Norwich manager Alex Neil was asked about the rumor today, and while he didn't confirm that the Blues have been in touch, he made it clear that a deal could be reached if Mourinho really wants him:

"If Chelsea and Jose want John then they can pick up the phone and get the checkbook out. It is part of the game and it doesn't concern me in the slightest."

"It doesn't matter what league you are in there is always going to be interest."

"That will happen regardless of the situation we are in right now, particularly around good players who have had a good season."

The Blues had a pair of bids for Ruddy rejected during the summer of 2013, but Norwich aren't in the same sort of shape to reject a Chelsea approach after being relegated from the Premier League. If Chelsea wants Ruddy to back up Thibaut Courtois, they'll probably get him, so this one is probably worth watching.