Report: PL side offer Celtic target a new contract; but may sell for £2m if he snubs extension
Southampton have offered Fraser Forster a new contract but the Daily Express has suggested that Celtic would have to pay £2 million to sign him should he snub the fresh terms.
Forster looks to be back on the Hoops’ radar this summer. Reports over the weekend claimed that the Bhoys want to sign the goalkeeper on loan.
The 33-year-old has previously enjoyed several incredibly successful spells at Parkhead. And it seems that Ange Postecoglou wants to offer him another stint.
However, it would appear that Celtic may have to change their stance if they hope to sign Forster this summer.
According to the Daily Express, the Saints have offered Forster a contract extension with his current terms set to expire next summer.
If he rejects the offer, he could be made available. But it would appear that Southampton would want to offload him permanently.
According to the Daily Express, he could cost £2 million. But obviously, wages would be the biggest stumbling block.
Incredibly, The Scottish Sun claims that he earns £130,000-a-week at St Mary’s. So clearly, he would have to be prepared to take a huge pay-cut to facilitate a move.
Celtic target Fraser Forster snubbing new Southampton deal surely entirely possible
Forster’s stock has fallen quite dramatically over the last few years. In fact, it was only his latest spell at Celtic that seemed to prompt Ralph Hasenhuttl to hand him a fresh chance upon his return.
However, he has not managed to cement himself as first-choice.
And if Hasenhuttl is unable to provide any assurances this summer, surely Forster will be incredibly tempted to reject the Saints’ contract offer.
Obviously, that does not clear all of the hurdles out of Celtic’s way. But if an exit is on cards, surely a return to Parkhead will appeal greatly.
And if Postecoglou wants him as first-choice, surely he will be open to taking the kind of pay-cut that gives Celtic hope of getting a deal done.