Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will compete for a place in a Premier League side this season, after leaving Reading. The 24 year old has signed a four year contract with Queens Park Rangers. The fee is officially undisclosed although there are some wildly varying figures doing the rounds - £3 million (Reading Chronicle), £4 million (Metro) and £6 million (TalkSport) are just three of the transfer fee values the media have claimed QPR have paid the Royals for his services.
There was also speculation that Liverpool had beaten QPR to McCarthy's signing on Friday - that can now be put to bed, with the West London side confirming the deal, and their manager Harry Redknapp tipping him for a future England career:
"I am delighted to bring Alex in. He’s a great young goalkeeper with a great future in front of him. I think he’s got the potential to be a future England goalkeeper one day, so to have him here at QPR is fantastic. We’ve got Rob Green and Brian Murphy, and Alex’s arrival here helps to further strengthen the goalkeeping department. I want to have competition for places in all areas of the pitch, and you can’t have too much quality in your squad. He is a great signing for the club, and for the future of QPR."
McCarthy was in the final year of his contract at the Madejski Stadium, thus putting Reading under pressure to sell the former England Under-21 goalkeeper before his value diminished. Overall he made 75 appearances for Reading, having made his early steps as a first team professional at Huish Park on a season-long loan with the Glovers during 2009-10 that gained him 45 appearances for the club.
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