We had noticed Newcastle have already lost three Englishmen in Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and James Perch this summer, and Dan Gosling could be the fourth one to leave.
Alex McCarthy – top Reading goalkeeper
So it’s not surprising that the Mirror is reporting that Alan Pardew would like to recruit some Englishmen this summer, after all, we are an English club.
We’ve already been linked with Scott Sinclair of Manchester City, and now we are being linked with Alex McCarthy, the Reading goalkeeper, who is coming off an excellent season.
The Mirror were reporting last night we’d agreed a deal to sign PSV 22 year-old 6’3″ goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, but Newcastle’s offer of close to £2M presumably has been turned down.
WE don’t know if this report in the Mirror is true, and certainly Reading will not want to lose McCarthy, but from what we saw of this goalkeeper last season, he would definitely mount a challenge to Tim Krul, for the starting position at Newcastle.
If this report is true and if we can pay enough money to convince Reading to sell – then we could get him – but it has to be rather doubtful.
The 6’4″ 23 year-old was born in Guildford, and he’s been at Reading since 2006, and has been out on loan to Woking, Cambridge United, Bath, Aldershot, Yeovil, Brentford Leeds United and Ipswich Town.
Alex has only played 30 times for Reading, and only 14 times last season, and he’s played a total of 104 senior games.
Alex gave a magnificent performance against Liverpool last season, one of the best displays of goalkeeping we’ve seen for a long time, and he was called up after that for the full England squad.
He played three times for the England U21 side.
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