Celtic could face a battle to keep Jeremie Frimpong, with The Scottish Sun reporting this week that Southampton are monitoring the right-back.
Frimpong has arguably not been quite as impressive this season as he was last year. However, it is interest that Hoops fans would have surely been expecting given the potential he has shown.
It remains to be seen whether Frimpong has any interest in leaving. The Scottish Sun reports that he is in talks with the Hoops over a new contract.
It would arguably be a huge coup for Celtic to agree fresh terms with the former Manchester City man.
But if the Saints do come calling, and Frimpong expresses any desire to go, the Bhoys surely must use the interest to facilitate a deal that would see Fraser Forster move in the opposite direction.
Losing Forster this season has been a big blow for Neil Lennon’s side. Neither Vasilas Barkas or Scott Bain have managed to impress between the sticks.
Celtic reportedly considering fresh Forster bid
The Athletic suggested that Celtic could be tempted to try and sign Forster on loan in January. And as things stand, it is difficult to see the goalkeeper – who earns £70,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – having any reservations about returning to Parkhead.
He is yet to feature for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men this term. It is remarkable to think that it is almost a year to the day since Forster produced one of the finest cup final displays to guide Celtic to Scottish League Cup glory at Hampden Park.
As already mentioned, much will depend on Frimpong. Celtic should pursue Forster in January whether Southampton come calling for the teenager or not.
And the ideal scenario for the Hoops should be signing Forster while holding onto Frimpong for the foreseeable.
But if the youngster does decide that he would like to go, the Hoops need to try and make the best out of a bad situation.