Report: Stoke will go for Southampton's Alex McCarthy if Jack Butland leaves

David Silva of Manchester City (21) scores their second goal past Jack Butland of Stoke City (1) during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester City at Bet365 Stadium on...

The Southampton goalkeeper could replace his in-demand Stoke City counterpart, Butland.

Alex McCarthy of Southampton celebrates his side's first goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Southampton at Turf Moor on February 24, 2018 in Burnley, England.

Stoke City will target Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy if Jack Butland is sold this summer, according to the Daily Mirror [March 14th, page 51].

The report emerges days after the same publication claimed that Liverpool were 'closing in' on a £40 million deal for Butland, the Stoke number one.

Jack Butland of Stoke punches the ball away under pressure from Oriol Romeu of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on March...

McCarthy has spent much of his Southampton career to date as Fraser Forster's understudy, but has started each of the Saints' last 10 Premier League matches - and kept one of his two clean sheets against Stoke earlier this month.

However, with his contract up in less than 16 months time, the 28-year-old could be moved on this summer whether Southampton survive or not.

Mark Hughes, Manager of Stoke City reacts during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Stoke - who are a point and two positions worse off than the 17th-placed Saints - may have to persuade their former manager Mark Hughes to part with McCarthy, as his St Mary's appointment reportedly moves closer.

McCarthy began his career at Reading, for whom he also played in the Premier League along with Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace.

Is McCarthy a suitable Butland replacement?

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