According to The Mirror’s live transfer blog (11:50am), Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is being eyed by newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer.
Well, The Mirror says that the 28-year-old’s recent displays for the south coast outfit in their battle for survival have caught their attention, with the stopper currently keeping Fraser Forster out of the side.
However, he only has one year remaining on his contract at St Mary’s, and with the club’s Premier League status up in the air, he could easily be tempted away should the south coast outfit get relegated.
The former Crystal Palace keeper hadn’t made a single first-team appearance for the club this term until December 30, when he replaced Forster between the sticks following a 5-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.
The 28-year-old kept a clean sheet against Manchester United at Old Trafford that day and hasn’t looked back since, and his brilliant saves were one of the reasons Saints secured a crucial 2-1 victory against south coast rivals Bournemouth at St Mary’s last weekend.
Whichever division Southampton, who could sell the out of favour Sofiane Boufal to one of this season’s Champions League semi-finalists in the summer, find themselves in next season, they are likely to want to keep McCarthy such has been the impact he has made in the side during 2018 so far.
The 28-year-old has impressed with all aspects of his game – something that Forster hadn’t previously – and he seems to be a more calming influence for what has been a leaky backline at times.
It’s difficult to say.
Should Southampton get relegated the stopper would likely jump at the chance to remain in the Premier League, but if they survive it wouldn’t be as easy a decision.
McCarthy should prefer to stay with a club that is established at this level, but Wolves are ambitious and could make waves next term, and that exciting project could be too much of an opportunity to turn down if they can guarantee that he will be their number one.