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Alex McCarthy reportedly set to sign new Southampton contract

The Saints goalkeeper’s deal with the club expires at the end of this season.

Southampton v Aston Villa - Premier League, Alex McCarthy, contract Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images

Southampton are reportedly close to extending Alex McCarthy’s stay on the South Coast.

McCarthy, whose current deal is due to expire in summer 2022 at the end of this season, is expected to sign a three-year extension with Saints according to the Daily Mail.

The 31-year-old joined Southampton from Crystal Palace in 2016 and has made over 120 appearances for the club since.

Starting every Premier League game for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side in the 2021-22 campaign, it appears McCarthy has re-established himself as Saints’ number one goalkeeper, with Fraser Forster now on the bench while in the final year of his contract, also.

McCarthy has kept five clean sheets in the Premier league so far this season, with three coming in his last four games.

Only Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and Manchester City’s Ederson have kept more Premier League clean sheets than McCarthy so far this season.

It’s unclear whether McCarthy will sign a new contract to remain a first-choice goalkeeper for Southampton.

Rumours have swirled that Saints are on the lookout to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer, with England international Sam Johnstone, currently at West Bromwich Albion, being linked on a number of occasions.

28-year-old Jonstone’s contract expires at the end of the season.