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Alex McCarthy signs for QPR

It's been coming for a while, but tonight the club confirmed that goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has joined Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Alex Livesey

McCarthy has signed a four-year deal with the West London side, and though the fee remains undisclosed, GetReading's Charles Watts said on The Tilehurst End Podcast Extra this morning that he believes the fee to be in the region of £3m, along with some hefty sell-on clauses, as is the norm these days.

The Academy product came through the ranks with the likes of Jem Karacan, Alex Pearce and Gylfi Sigurdsson and made 70 League appearances for the Royals, 13 of those in the top flight during the 2012/13 season. He made 44 League appearances last term in the Championship, but Adam Federici took the starting berth at the beginning of this season. During his time in Berkshire, he was also called into an England friendly squad to play Brazil and Ireland, but ultimately didn't get his first cap.

With both first-team goalkeepers only having one year left on their contract (and Mikkel Andersen in the same situation), it made sense to cut ties with at least one, as both McCarthy and Federici are capable Championship goalkeepers, with neither wanting to sit on the bench. And if the fee is £3m, then that's a decent amount for a player with just a year left on his contract - the important step now is to secure Federici's future in a Royals shirt going forward. Some more Twitter reaction below...