Norwich City's John Ruddy
The Hammers have used both Adrian and Darren Randolph between the sticks at different stages this season, with neither goalkeeper particularly impressing.
It means that at least one new 'keeper is likely to be on manager Slaven Bilic's summer wish-list, although the prospect of signing Ruddy on a free transfer is one that has not exactly filled West Ham fans with joy.
John Ruddy? Really? Why have we moved to a big new stadium if we are going to sign the same bang average players on the cheap?— Jarrod J Steel (@BecontreeHammer) May 17, 2017
John ruddy ? great to see we've abandoned the Free transfer /bang Average signings policy then— West Ham Geezer ⚒ (@WHUFCGeezer) May 17, 2017
We are looking to finish europa league next season and we are trying to sign John ruddy? #thewesthamway— Roman Carvell (@1romancarvell) May 17, 2017
@WHUFC_News_6 John Ruddy would leave us with less of an option than Adrian or Randolph do currently.— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) May 17, 2017
Ruddy started his career at Cambridge United, before being signed by Everton. However, after a string of loan spells during his time at Goodison Park he managed just one senior appearance for the Toffees and left for Norwich in the summer of 2010.
Norwich City's John Ruddy saves from Everton's Gerard Deulofeu
At Carrow Road the 30-year-old became the established number one, playing 242 games during his seven years at the Norfolk club. During that time he also earned his one and only England cap to date in 2012.
However, despite playing 27 Sky Bet Championship matches this season Ruddy has often seen himself on the bench in favour of Michael McGovern, which makes Hammers' supporters' apprehension at signing the stopper seem all the more reasonable.