Wolves are hoping to secure the services of Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy next summer. According to recent reports, the West Midlands club are preparing to make a move for the Saints shot-stopper when the transfer window opens in the summer. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have recently booked their place in next season’s Premier League and are considering making an offer for the English keeper to strengthen their squad ahead of their new campaign.
McCarthy has been sensational for the South-coast club in recent weeks and his impressive performances in goal over the last few game weeks has given Southampton some hope of saving their top-flight lives going into the final few matches of the season. The 28-year-old goalkeeper has featured in 30 matches for the Saints this season, conceding 43 goals while keeping 10 clean sheets across all competitions. He joined the Saints from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2016 and has managed to establish himself as the number one keeper at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
If Mark Hughes’ side ends up suffering the agony of being demoted to the Skybet Championship at the end of this season, it will only boost Wolves’ pursuit of McCarthy as he could then be available on a cut-price deal this summer. However, for now, Southampton are valuing their prized asset at around £35m which could be a major stumbling block for the West Midlands team.
Wolves have already secured the Championship title and are currently preparing for life in the top tier of English football next season. Espirito Santo is in need of a number of quality players during the summer transfer period if his side wants to do well in the Premier League next term.
The addition of McCarthy will undoubtedly bolster Santo’s goalkeeping options ahead of the new season. The West Midlands outfit have the likes of John Ruddy, Carl Ikeme and Harry Burgoyne vying for a place in their first-team. The potential acquisition of McCarthy will definitely improve their team significantly and add more competition for places within the Wolves squad.
At 28, the English shot-stopper still has his peak years ahead of him which the Wolves could look to capitalise on, in the coming years. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of McCarthy and whether he ends up making a switch to the Molineaux Stadium in the near future.