Hampshire Live journalist Tom Leach has delivered an update on Angus Gunn joining Norwich City this summer, as Ralph Hasenhuttl continues to axe some of the deadwood from his squad at Southampton ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
The journalist confirmed on Twitter that:
“Angus Gunn will have his #NCFC medical on Monday, I’m told. He will then finalise a £5.5m move (£2.5m initial payment, could rise to £10m with clauses).”
Gunn has endured a nightmare spell at St Mary’s since joining in a £13.5m deal from Manchester City in 2017, making just 30 appearances for the first team, in which he conceded 52 goals and kept just eight clean sheets.
The 25-year-old has fallen behind both Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster in the pecking order at Southampton and spent last season on loan with Stoke City in the Championship, where he would make 15 appearances.
The shot-stopper’s contract at Southampton was set to expire in 2023 and given that he is reportedly on £40k per week at St Mary’s, both Hasenhuttl and chairman Jisheng Gao will surely be delighted to see him depart on a permanent deal, as the money raised could well go towards bringing in another first-team player.
After Wesley Hoedt’s departure was confirmed earlier this week, it seems as if the Saints are on a mission to get rid of the vast majority of bit-part players in order to fund a rebuild, which will hopefully see them bring in enough players to steer them away from a relegation battle next season following their collapse in the second half of the 2020/21 campaign.
Gunn has spent time on loan at Norwich in the past during his time as a Manchester City player and it seems as if this deal will suit both parties, as Daniel Farke looks to avoid immediate relegation back to the Championship after winning the title last season.
However, after Southampton’s less than impressive defensive record last season, which saw only West Brom concede more top-flight goals, perhaps Hasenhuttl should consider using these funds to bring in another keeper who could oust McCarthy and Forster as the main options in goal for the South Coast club.