Southampton keeper could leave after Forster arrival

Following the club’s £10 million purchase of Fraser Forster from Celtic, Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc could become the latest player to leave Saint Marys this summer, according to reports in the English press. Boruc had established himself as the number one choice at Saints last year, but now looks set to become Forster’s understudy.

The 34 year old conceded 26 goals in 29 games for Southampton last season, but his form has not been enough to warrant him a starting position next year. Amid a summer of change on the south coast, Ronald Koeman has come in as the new manager, installing a new first-choice ‘keeper for the next Premier League campaign.

The Dutchman spoke about the situation with understanding, but he is clear that Forster has been brought in to play regularly for his side next season. ‘I have already spoken to Artur and Fraser Forster comes in as first choice goalkeeper,’ said Koeman, ‘It is a difficult situation for him. I understand that but it is football and we need competition in all positions.’

Boruc is now heading into the final year of his current Southampton contract, meaning that he should be sold this summer for a profit, or else he can leave in 12 months time as a free agent. The decision still lies with the Polish international whether or not to agree a extended deal, but he can no longer expect to be employed as a regular fixture within the starting XI.

Forster has proven to be the 5th addition made to the Southampton squad this summer. The £10 million man came into the fold after Graziano Pelle, Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic and Saphir Taider.

Updated: August 14, 2014 — 10:55 am
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