Report: Crystal Palace signing of Alex McCarthy from QPR is imminent

The goalkeeper should battle Julian Speroni for the number one jersey next term.

Sky Sports Transfer Centre is reporting that Crystal Palace will be signing Alex McCarthy imminently. The goalkeeper will arrive from QPR on a reported £3.5 million move today after passing a medical and going through the process of finalising his personal terms.

That fee reportedly met his release clause, as reported by West London Sport earlier this week.

The move for the player from their London rivals should see the former Reading keeper battle with veteran Julian Speroni for the number one spot at Selhurst Park, with Welsh international Wayne Hennessy’s position at the club seemingly on the rocks.

What next for Hennessy?

The former Wolves man has recently been linked with a move away from the club, after becoming disgruntled sitting on the Selhurst Park bench.

When Speroni signed yet another year-long extension this summer it left Hennessy’s position at the club in doubt.

He was recently linked with a move back to the Midlands with West Bromwich Albion by The Guardian for the same fee that McCarthy will cost Palace.

What are Palace getting for their money?

McCarthy is an outstanding talent who, during his time at Reading, showed off an exceptional array of shot-stopping ability. Prone to the odd moment of erraticism and the occasional clanger he is still young and this may be a problem he grows out of, much like Speroni has over the years at Palace.

Working with the Argentine everyday should help McCarthy become a starter at Palace for many years to come and, at that price, this looks a remarkably shrewd piece of business from Palace once again.

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