Alex McCarthy set for £6m QPR transfer

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Queens Park Rangers are close to agreeing the £6 million transfer of Alex McCarthy, the Reading goalkeeper that has previously attracted interest from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Daily Mirror reports that Harry Redknapp is looking to bring in competition for current number one Rob Green at Loftus Road following the recent departure of Julio Cesar to Benfica, and is closing in on a deal for the highly-rated Championship stopper.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understood to have enquired about the 24-year-old's availability earlier this summer, but was put off by Reading's valuation of the former England U21 international.

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It prompted Arsenal to recruit Colombian custodian David Ospina, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Nice for a modest £3.2 million fee off the back of an impressive showing at the World Cup in Brazil.

Long list of suitors

McCarthy has also previously attracted admiring glances from Liverpool, with the Daily Star reporting how Brendan Rodgers considered an attempt to lure the player to Anfield to provide competition for Simon Mignolet following the Royals' relegation from the Premier League in 2013.

Jose Mourinho has also been mooted as a fan of the Englishman, but given the fact that he already has two world-class goalkeepers in the form of Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge the player would find first-team opportunities difficult to come by.

Spurs complete the quintet of Premier League suitors, but - like Chelsea - Mauricio Pochettino is blessed with two top level keepers vying for the No.1 spot.

Hugo Lloris is currently first-choice at White Hart Lane, however, he will have to be on his game following the arrival of Dutchman Michel Vorm from Swansea City over the summer.

All that paves way for QPR to tie up a deal for McCarthy, with an announcement expected from the west London club in the coming days.

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