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Reading FC To Miss Out On Keeper Windfall?

Former Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could be leaving QPR less than a year after joining from Reading but could the transfer fee be a blow to his former club?

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It seems as if Alex McCarthy could be set for a third club in as many seasons with former Reading FC boss Alan Pardew reportedly close to taking the goalkeeper to Crystal Palace.

The reported fee of just £3.5m would be a bit of a blow to Reading who would likely only receive a small sell-on fee given they sold McCarthy to QPR for around £3m last summer. Sell-on clauses usually relate to a percentage of profit and thus a 10-20% clause would net the club just £50,000-£100,000. If the clause was related to the overall fee, it could be £350,000-£700,000 but that would still be a blow given the keeper's potential just two years after an England call-up.

Rangers boss Chris Ramsey told GetWestLondon...

"I don't really know where it (Palace's interest) is going to go until we get back to England (from their Italian tour)

Obviously Alex is a very good keeper and we see him as part of our future plans. But finances and economics sometimes dictate what happens,"

After a three year yo-yo battle with Adam Federici and now a season sat behind a rejuvenated Rob Green, a move would be great for McCarthy but sadly one that may come at the expense of his former club.

So what do you think Tilehurst Enders? Would £3.1m-£4m overall profit from the McCarthy deal be good business for the club or have they missed out on a bigger windfall?