Southampton sign goalkeeper McCarthy

Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy began his professional career with Reading, where he was sent out on loan to eight clubs

Southampton have signed goalkeeper Alex McCarthy from Crystal Palace on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

McCarthy, 26, played seven games for Palace last season, having joined them from Queens Park Rangers in July 2015.

He is Southampton’s third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Nathan Redmond from Norwich and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern Munich.

McCarthy will compete with England international Fraser Forster for a first-team place at St Mary’s.

New manager Claude Puel had been looking for a second senior goalkeeper for his squad following the retirement of Kelvin Davis and the departure of Maarten Stekelenburg, who returned to Fulham this summer after completing a season’s loan before being sold to Everton.

Forster is likely to start the season as first choice, but McCarthy is hopeful of getting chances, with Saints facing a congested fixture list if they progress in the Europa League.

McCarthy, a former England Under-21 international who began his professional career at Reading, said: “The club is known for producing young players and they’ve had successful seasons.

“There’s the Europa League to look forward to this season, so there are going to be a lot of games.”

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