Southampton boss drops hint on future of Newcastle United and Liverpool target after Leeds United win

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The latest transfer talk from St James Park as Newcastle United prepare for the summer transfer window.

Southampton manager Russell Martin has hinted he is keen to retain the services of Newcastle United and Liverpool transfer target Alex McCarthy.

The Magpies are facing a number of major decisions in the transfer market this summer and are believed to be keen to refresh their goalkeeping options. England stopper Nick Pope returned to Eddie Howe’s starting lineup for the season-ending win at Brentford after missing half of the season with a serious shoulder injury he picked up in a 1-0 home win against Manchester United in December.

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He replaced Martin Dubravka, who could leave St James Park this summer as he enters into the final year of his current Magpies deal.  Third-choice stopper Loris Karius is expected to depart when his contract comes to a close next month and the former Liverpool keeper is believed to be the subject of interest from a number of clubs in Italy.  Mark Gillespie has penned a new one-year deal and will remain part of the first-team setup no matter what happens over the summer months.

There have been widespread reports stating the Magpies are keen on a £32m deal for Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili and there have suggestions talks between the two clubs are ongoing as United look to secure a move for the Georgia international. However, a move for Saints stopper McCarthy has also been mentioned in the media as he approaches the end of his contract with the Championship play-off winners.

The 34-year-old former Queens Park Rangers and Reading stopper kept a clean sheet as Martin’s side claimed a 1-0 win against Leeds United at Wembley on Sunday to ensure their stay in English football’s second tier was limited to just one season.  However, with thoughts now turning towards their return to the Premier League, Martin name-checked the veteran stopper to suggest he is keen to ‘squeeze more money’ out of the club in a bid to retain McCarthy next season.

Speaking to the Southern Daily Echo in the aftermath of his side’s Wembley win, Martin said: “I know that there will be offers for all of them and probably offers that will pay them more than we can. Hopefully the feeling they have and all that stuff will outweigh financial gain but maybe there'll be other things about it too.

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“Big Al, I guess I'm a bit of an idiot for not playing a bit sooner but I think we have such a brilliant goalkeeping department here with Gavin (Bazunu) and Joe (Lumley) as well. I'm so pleased for Al that it finished in this way.

“As I said, maybe it was meant to happen that he came into the team at some point.  He's been immense since he came in so we'll try and keep Al as well and we'll keep our fingers crossed. It's my job now to try and squeeze more money out of Phil (Parsons, CEO) and the board and everyone and see where it takes us.”

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