QPR goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has a £3.5 million release clause in his contract, report The Times.
The clause was specifically a relegation release clause, and it is claimed by The Times Crystal Palace are strongly interested in the former Reading goalkeeper.
Palace are eyeing competition for veteran Julian Speroni, with Wayne Hennessey interesting West Brom.
McCarthy only signed for QPR 12 months ago, but played second fiddle to Rob Green.
A good addition?
The Mail reported last summer that the deal to bring McCarthy to QPR could be worth up to £6 million, and if Palace were to get him for just over half that amount it would be very good value.
McCarthy was a transfer target for Liverpool last summer, but signed a four-year deal with the Hoops, and was highly praised by then manager Harry Redknapp, who said: "He’s a great young goalkeeper with a great future in front of him. I think he’s got the potential to be a future England goalkeeper one day."
He is just 25-years-old and would surely be tempted by an instant return to the Premier League.
With Julian Speroni 36, McCarthy will be able to see a pathway to being a number one goalkeeper in the division, even if it is not instant.