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Aston Villa fans react as club linked with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy

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Aston Villa fans react as club linked with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy

Aston Villa are reportedly rivalling Liverpool for one-time England goalkeeper Alex McCarthy this summer as Southampton look to sell the stopper – and Villa fans are keen to see the ex-Reading star signed.

Sky Sports have claimed that Villa are going head to head with Liverpool for the 29-year-old, as Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl tries to get both McCarthy and Fraser Forster off the Villa wage bill.

Dean Smith has been active in this summer’s window, bringing in Kortney Hause, Matt Targett, Jota, Anwar El Ghazi and Wesley Moraes. But the Midlands club still need a midfielder, centre-back and a goalkeeper.

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Jack Butland has long been linked with a move to Villa, as Lovre Kalinic looks set to leave just six months and nine matches after joining the club. French side Nantes are said to bag the Croatia international.

But now it appears that McCarthy could be the man to replace Kalinic, after impressing in a Southampton side that leaked goals last time around. He has three years left on his £50,000-a-week contract (Spotrac).

Aston Villa fans took to Twitter after hearing of the news their club are taking on Liverpool to land the England goalkeeper, and many are keen to see him sign on the dotted line at Villa Park.


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