Championship outfit Coventry City are closing in on the signing of former Sheffield United goalkeeper Simon Moore, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The 31-year-old is currently a free agent after being released by the Blades this summer, with £40m-rated Aaron Ramsdale and former Rangers stopper Wes Foderingham ahead of Moore in the pecking order at Bramall Lane.
Barring a goalkeeping crisis in South Yorkshire, he wouldn’t have been called upon to play next season with Ramsdale already reiterating his commitment to the South Yorkshire side and Slavisa Jokanovic may now look to promote one of the club’s academy graduates to third-choice in his place.
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This rumoured incoming for Mark Robins’ side comes after the departure of Marko Marosi to League One side Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee, with the Slovakian’s move to Shropshire being confirmed last week.
Marosi and current Sky Blues keeper Ben Wilson both played a big part for the West Midlands side last season, with the latter gaining a place in the starting lineup at the end of November and retaining this spot for much of the campaign after that.
However, the latter is now set to have a new competitor join as the second signing of Coventry’s summer window, with Ben Sheaf already arriving from Arsenal. And Alan Nixon believes this addition is close to completion.
Coventry. Simon Moore from Sheff U. Free agent keeper. Should happen shortly.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 1, 2021
After spending much of his time at United and second and third choice at Bramall Lane, Moore could settle for the bench once again. But with Wilson competing fiercely with Morosi in the 2020/21 campaign, he is likely to take Morosi’s spot and battle with the existing Coventry keeper as an experienced head.
But regardless of who takes the number one goalkeeping jersey in just over a month when they play their Championship opener against Nottingham Forest, a new goalkeeper is definitely needed after last week’s departure.
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The only downside to this transfer is Moore’s lack of playing time in recent years – but after training with Premier League players in the past couple of seasons – it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the 31-year-old make a good impression.