Norwich are favourites to sign Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern

Northern Ireland's Michael McGovern
Northern Ireland's Michael McGovern

Norwich have emerged as the favourites to sign Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

The 32-year-old could agree terms by the end of this week it is understood.

McGovern’s display in Northern Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Germany during the group phase of the Euro 2016 finals in France was one of the talking points of the tournament.

Currently a free agent after leaving Scottish side Hamilton Academical at the end of last season, English Championship side Norwich appear to be the frontrunners to sign him up.

Southampton and Burnley had both been reported to be keen to sign McGovern but he is expected to finalise a deal with Norwich this week.

The keeper had previously worked under Norwich boss Alex Neil at Hamilton.

John Ruddy and Declan Rudd are the current keepers at Carrow Road.

McGovern, from Fermanagh, played in Northern Ireland’s four matches at the European Championships.

He earned rave reviews for a remarkable display when Northern Ireland restricted Germany to a 1-0 victory in Paris, a result good enough to send Michael O’Neill’s men into the knockout stages.