Alex McCarthy makes Crystal Palace move

 Alex McCarthy from QPR to Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace have signed QPR goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on a four-year deal.

The 25-year-old will now compete with Julian Speroni and reported West Brom target Wayne Hennessey at Selhurst Park after leaving Loftus Road following Rangers’ relegation to the Championship.

The former England Under-21 international joined the Hoops from Reading less than a year ago but failed to dislodge Rob Green last season and has moved on for a fee reportedly in the region of £3.5million.

“When I first heard about Palace’s interest I was excited because I really wanted to be back in the Premier League,” McCarthy told Crystal Palace’s official website.

“Towards the end of last season I started hearing little inklings about a move and then gradually over the summer things progressed and now, here I am.

“Every time I’ve played at Palace the atmosphere has been brilliant; the fans are excellent and they’re so passionate about their club. I’m really excited to be here.”

Palace finished 10th in the Premier League last season after a strong second half of the campaign when the club managed to tempt manager Alan Pardew away from Newcastle to south London.

The Eagles will be hoping to stay clear of the relegation zone again in 2015-16 after adding France midfielder Yohan Cabaye to their ranks from Paris Saint- Germain as well as young striker Patrick Bamford on a season-long loan move from Chelsea.

Palace are 13.00 to win the Premier League next season without the ‘Big Six’ of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool.

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