Report: Crystal Palace's Alex McCarthy keen on joining Southampton, clubs open talks over deal

Reading's Alex McCarthy

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is reportedly keen on a move to Southampton.

Reading's Alex McCarthyAlex McCarthy at Reading

According to Sky Sports, Crystal Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is keen on a move to Southampton, with the two clubs in talks over a deal.

McCarthy, 26, came up through the ranks at Reading having joined from Wycombe Wanderers at the age of just 16, and after eight loan spells away from the club, he established himself as the Royals' first-choice goalkeeper during the 2013-14 season, making 44 appearances.

Alex McCarthy - Reading

A move to QPR followed, but after just four appearances for the R's, he joined Crystal Palace last summer - and looks set to leave already, having played just seven games.

The goalkeeper struggled when given an opportunity, and is now Palace's fourth-choice goalkeeper following the arrival of Steve Mandanda, with Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni also ahead of McCarthy in the pecking order.

Crystal Palace's Alex McCarthy

However, McCarthy looks set to stay in the Premier League. Sky Sports report that Southampton have opened talks with Crystal Palace over a deal to sign the shot stopper this summer, in a move which would make McCarthy their third signing of the summer.

The Saints saw loanee Maarten Stekelenburg head back to Fulham before joining Everton permanently, whilst Kelvin Davis has retired, leaving Paulo Gazzaniga as the only cover to first-choice stopper Fraser Forster.

Alex McCarthy - Leeds United

McCarthy would be heading to St. Mary's Stadium as backup to Forster, but Sky Sports claim that he's keen on the move to the South Coast having become something of an outcast at Selhurst Park.

That willingness to make the move will make a deal easier, and given that he has no future at Palace, we could see McCarthy complete a swift move to Southampton, providing the two clubs can agree a fee in the coming days.

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