Norwich City’s sporting director Stuart Webber has indicated that Angus Gunn still has a big part to play at the Championship outfit amid reports of a move to Rangers.
With Rangers confirming the long-expected departure of 41-year-old Allan McGregor on Tuesday – alongside Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, Filip Helander and Scott Arfield – you can probably expect to see the pursuit of a replacement stepped up over the coming weeks.
Mick Beale’s Premiership runners-up are reportedly willing to match Jack Butland’s £35,000-a-week Crystal Palace wages. Fortuna Sittard’s Ivor Pandur – a younger, more affordable option – appears to have been lined up as a back-up target.
Reports linking Angus Gunn with a move to Ibrox, via The Sun, have gone quiet of late, however. Especially with Norwich allegedly valuing the Scotland international in the region of £10 million; a fee that would make Gunn Rangers’ most expensive acquisition since Tore Andre Flo arrived from Chelsea nearly a quarter of a century ago.
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Norwich chief Webber, meanwhile, was quick to mention Gunn when discussing those who have a big part of play going forward at Carrow Road; the former Southampton and Manchester City shot-stopper avoiding the axe which claimed the likes of Teemu Pukki, Sam Byram and the reportedly Ibrox-bound Kieran Dowell.
“It’s super important that we bring in some big characters. Experienced players to help the talented youngsters,” Webber tells EDP24 when quizzed about those who will have an important role under David Wagner next term.
“I know Angus is 27. But, in terms of goalkeeper-wise experience, he’s young.
“Max Aarons, young. Bali Mumba, young. Andrew Omobamidele, young. Jon Tomkinson, young. Sam McCallum, young. Gabriel Sara, young. Marcelino Nunez, young. Christos Tzolis, Liam Gibbs, Jon Rowe, Adam Idah, Josh Sargent…
“A real pool of young players who, in some respects, are ready to take that step into becoming a senior type. But they are still young so we need to put that help around them.”
Webber also indicated that veteran Tim Krul is likely to remain the second-choice under Wagner, with Gunn now firmly established as Norwich’s go-to number one.