Celtic have been given a boost in their hopes of signing Fraser Forster permanently, with reports suggesting his parent club Southampton will have to do some major selling this summer.
The Daily Star claims that the Premier League side faces financial trouble as the club’s Chinese owner Gao Jisheng is trying to sell his majority stake in the club. Should he fail to do so, at a cut-price valuation of £150 million, Southampton will look to raise £100 million in the transfer market to cover their reported ‘spiralling debts’.
The report details several big names Southampton could be willing to let go and Forster is one of them.
With Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy already at the club, Southampton are ready to trim their goalkeeper position this summer.
Forster was already considered out of the first-team picture last summer, hence his loan switch back to Glasgow.
Now it would appear that Celtic have as good a chance as any to secure the permanent return of the 6ft 7ins colossus, who has been in sensational form for the Bhoys this season.
The Scottish Sun revealed earlier this year that Forster would be looking to take a pay cut to make the move happen. He is currently on a whopping £70k-a-week, according to The Scotsman. In December, The Telegraph reported that Southampton would be looking to cash in at least £20 million on a permanent sale.
That fee now looks highly unlikely given the current global health crisis and its impact on football finances as well as what increasingly looks like Southampton’s poor bargaining position.
Celtic could, therefore, find themselves in a very strong position to bring the Neil Lennon favourite back to Parkhead on a permanent basis this summer.