Former Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he almost signed John Ruddy on a free transfer from Norwich.

Redknapp claims that he was bringing Ruddy in before the club opted against the deal and signed David Stockdale on a free from Brighton instead.

Ruddy was out of contract at the time, after Norwich decided to release him and Ryan Bennett in the summer of 2017.

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The pair both ended up at Wolves, where they won promotion to the Premier League and are now competing in the top half of the table – although Bennett is the only regular starter.

However, things could have been very different for Ruddy – had he joined Redknapp at Birmingham that summer.

Speaking to The Guardian, Redknapp said this about his transfer window at Birmingham:

I don’t think any of the signings were mine. I was taking [John] Ruddy on a free transfer from Norwich and instead they brought in David Stockdale from Brighton. The director of football [Jeff Vetere] wasn’t brought in by me either.