Newcastle United are preparing an offer for Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

The Daily Star Sunday says they will move for Reading keeper McCarthy if they lose the in-demand Tim Krul.

Toon scouts are tracking McCarthy, 23, who has played for England at Under-21s level.

Dutch stopper Krul, 25, has been linked with a move to ­Juventus to succeed Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon.

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