Not again! Liverpool line up huge new Saints raid; Arsenal also keen

Date published: Sunday 13th May 2018 11:12 - James Marshment

Liverpool are reportedly plotting yet another transfer raid on Southampton – with Arsenal and Wolves also ready to make it a three-way battle for the star.

All three clubs are in the market to sign new goalkeepers this summer – and the Sunday Mirror reports that Southampton star Alex McCarthy has been watched in recent weeks by all three clubs.

The 28-year-old has been in impressive form this season – despite the club’s battle to beat the drop – with his efforts keeping England cap Fraser Forster limited to the Saints bench.

Saints, however, will likely fight tooth and nail to retain McCarthy’s services and it would take a bid in excess of £30million for them to even consider his sale.

Discussing a need to change their transfer policy, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp said: “Something fundamentally needs to change at the club. They can’t keep losing their top players and expect not to struggle.

“If they want to avoid the same (scenario) next season, they need to take a firmer stance.”

And Saints would surely be loathe to deal with Liverpool after losing Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert to the Red men in recent seasons.

The Reds, however, might not get things their way, with Wolves also considering McCarthy for their return to the Premier League and as competition for John Ruddy.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have also been tipped to make a move as they look to replace Petr Cech, though Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno remains their top target.

Liverpool have also, of course, been strongly linked with Roma keeper Alisson Becker, while No 1 Pepe Reina has also been mentioned as a possible Klopp target.


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