Ronald Koeman and Southampton have become linked with Celtic’s Fraser Forster as the south coast club look to revamp their squad ahead of next season. According to reports in the English press, Forster has been lined up to become the new number one at Saint Marys, with Celtic becoming resigned to losing him.
Artur Boruc had established himself as the first choice shot-stopper for Southampton last season, but Koeman has already identified the position as one which he feels is in need of strengthening. Forster has become the primary candidate to do that, and his purchase could cost the club £8 million. Southampton have recently appointed the England goalkeeping coach, Dave Watson, at their club, and Koeman is hopeful that Watson’s presence will convince Forster to sign.
Celtic have already realised that they will struggle to keep hold of their star player this summer, particularly since Neil Lennon stepped down as manager at the end of last season. The club have already recruited the former Sunderland man, Craig Gordon, into their ranks, and he has been lined up as an eventual Forster replacement.
At 26 years old, Forster has already racked up some considerable experience between the goalposts. The player had been part of the Newcastle United set-up, although he was never used by the Magpies. Instead he was loaned out to various clubs, before eventually making a permanent move to Celtic. Forster has played in the lower tiers of English football before now, for clubs such as Bristol Rovers and Norwich City.