Report: Crystal Palace ready to sanction Southampton's Alex McCarthy move

Crystal Palace's Alex McCarthy

The Crystal Palace goalkeeper could join Southampton for £2 million.

Crystal Palace's Alex McCarthyCrystal Palace's Alex McCarthy

Crystal Palace 'look ready' to sanction Alex McCarthy's departure to Southampton, the Sun reports (Wednesday edition, page 51).

The report claims the Saints could pay around £2 million for the former England Under-21 goalkeeper.

McCarthy appeared on seven occasions in last season's Premier League but failed to keep a single clean sheet.

And the 26-year-old looks set to fall further down the Eagles' pecking order following the arrival of France international Steve Mandanda this summer.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesSteve Mandanda's arrival looks to have forced out McCarthy

Southampton, meanwhile, are thought to want competition for current first choice Fraser Forster, following Maarten Stekelenburg's move to Everton via Fulham.

Guildford-born McCarthy began his career at nearby Reading but moved to Queens Park Rangers in 2014, where Saints striker Charlie Austin was among his teammates.

Southampton's Charlie AustinSouthampton's Charlie Austin played with McCarthy at QPR

But after failing to claim a place ahead of Rob Green, McCarthy left for Selhurst Park a year ago after the R's suffered relegation to the Championship.

Should the move go ahead, he would become the third new arrival at St. Mary's, after Nathan Redmond and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Norwich City and Bayern Munich respectively.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesPierre-Emile Hojbjerg (right) in conversation with Pep Guardiola

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