Report: Southampton lead race to sign Michael McGovern, he's available on a free transfer

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Southampton are reportedly favourites to sign Michael McGovern, who has been linked with Rangers.

Northern Ireland's Michael McGovernNorthern Ireland's Michael McGovern

According to The Scottish Sun, Southampton are leading the race to sign Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern on a free transfer.

The Saints already have England international Fraser Forster in their ranks, but with Maarten Stekelenburg's loan from Fulham over and Kelvin Davis now retired, a second choice goalkeeper is needed on the South Coast.

Hamilton's Michael McGovern

Southampton may not have a manager with the departure of manager Ronald Koeman to Everton earlier this month, but it seems that they are moving for a possible transfer target.

The Scottish Sun report that the Saints are leading the race to sign Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern, who is available on a free transfer this summer.

Northern Ireland's Michael McGovern

The 31-year-old has become a hero at Euro 2016 this summer, serving up some superb performances - particularly against Germany earlier this week - as he has helped Northern Ireland into the last 16 of the competition against all the odds.

Now, McGovern is out of contract at Hamilton Academical and can move on to a new club for free, with his performances at the European Championships no doubt catching the eye.

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It's claimed that Southampton want McGovern to come in and back up Forster on the South Coast, but they may face competition given that The Sunday Post recently reported that Rangers want to bring McGovern to Ibrox as competition for Wes Foderingham.

Given how he has impressed in France this summer, McGovern may fancy his chances of playing first-team football for his next club - and whilst Southampton are leading the race, another club could yet come in and offer him a greater chances of playing.

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