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Done Deal: Southampton Confirm Signing Of Crystal Palace Goalkeeper

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Southampton have today completed the signing of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on a three-year deal.

The club confirmed the news on Monday afternoon, with the 26-year-old joining from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

The fee has not been disclosed by either party, but some sources have claimed that it is in the region of £2m.

McCarthy becomes the third new face at St Mary’s this summer, following the earlier acquisitions of Nathan Redmond and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (as well as new manager Claude Puel).

The former Reading goalkeeper has released a statement in the club’s press release, expressing his delight to have joined Southampton:

“I’m over the moon to join a club like this. 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’s going to be a lot of games.

“With the stature of the club, I’m honoured to be here and I’m looking forward to getting working with everyone.”

With England international Fraser Forster firmly established as Southampton’s number one goalkeeper, McCarthy has been brought in to provide cover for the 28-year-old.

McCarthy joined Palace in a £3.5m deal from Queens Park Rangers last summer. He made seven appearances for the Eagles in total as understudy to Wayne Hennessey, but was set to be pushed further down the pecking order with the signing of French international Steve Mandanda.

He first caught the eye of many during his spell at Reading, and at once stage reportedly turned down an offer from Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: Alex McCarthy of QPR in action during the FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United at Loftus Road on January 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

At international level, McCarthy has played for the England under-21 side three times, and received a call-up to the senior side for England’s friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil in 2013, but did not play in either match.

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