Manchester City consider move for Alex McCarthy

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Manchester City are considering a shock swoop for Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, according to the Daily Mail.

The England U21 international is being target by Citizens manager Manuel Pellegrini as he attempts to address their shortage of homegrown players.

Frank Lampard, Scott Sinclar and Micah Richards will all leave the Etihad at the end of the season, while veteran goalkeeper Richard Wright is expected to follow.

James Milner has been the subject of transfer interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool, and is expected to make a decision on his future at the end of the season.

Exodus at the Etihad

Meanwhile Dedryck Boyata and John Guidetti are also expected to leave the club this summer after being sent out on loan this season. They qualify as home-grown players after playing in England for five years from the age of 18.

McCarthy has had to take a bit-part role at Loftus Road this season while in-form Robert Green has impressed between the sticks.

But this has not put Manchester City off, as the the goalkeeper is still recognised as one of the hottest English talents in the country.

Transfer battle

McCarthy has also been the subject of interest from Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton over the past year.

Whilst McCarthy would undoubtably have to play second fiddle to England star Joe Hart, a move to the Premier League would be attractive.

Manchester City’s interest comes primarily because of their need to boost their home-grown quota of players. City, like a lot of English clubs are keen to increase the number of players that have been wholly developed at English academies as youngsters.

In 2011 the home-grown player rule took effect and meant that all 20 clubs must include eight home-grown players in their 25-man match day squads.

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