Tottenham will look to sign Forster; Van Dijk called him 'unbelievable'
Tottenham will look to sign Fraser Forster next week with the Southampton goalkeeper already saying goodbye to his teammates ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.
Forster has emerged as Spurs’ top target to replace Pierluigi Gollini. The 34-year-old will be a free agent in the coming weeks despite spending much of the season in goal for the Saints.
Forster is a surprise target given that he has endured a few turbulent years of late. But there is no question that he has the potential to be a fantastic goalkeeper. And on a free transfer, he could prove to be a shrewd addition for Spurs.
Certainly, one person who may back Forster to be a success at Tottenham is Virgil van Dijk. The Liverpool centre-back played alongside Forster for both Celtic and Southampton.
And it was during their time together at Parkhead that Van Dijk outlined his belief that Forster could be one of the best around.
“I see Fraser do things that are unbelievable. He is an amazing keeper,” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.
“It’s probably different being a keeper at Celtic than other teams. You need to stay sharp because there may only be one or two saves to make.”
“It’s difficult to say how Fraser compares with van der Sar. Van der Sar was an unbelievable. Fraser is so good and getting better. They are both amazing keepers,” he added.
“Van der Sar is a big figure in Dutch football. He had a lot of respect and was captain of Holland at the 2006 World Cup. He played at the highest level for a long time and Fraser can do the same.”
Tottenham will look to sign Forster
Of course, a lot of time has passed since the pair played together at Celtic. Forster’s career has had some really tough moments since.
But Tottenham would not be signing him on a free transfer if he had not.
He has made errors. He was incredibly lucky not to concede against Spurs earlier this season after a mistake. But he is also capable of outrageously good displays.
And that could be massive for Tottenham as they look to sign a goalkeeper to provide cover and some competition for Hugo Lloris.
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