Southampton will reportedly have the option of recalling Fraser Forster from his loan deal at Celtic in the January transfer window, and this could prove to be a wise move from the club.
According to Raman Bhardwaj of Scottish outlet STV Sports, the Saints have insisted on the inclusion of a recall clause in their agreement to let the 31-year-old return to Celtic Park this summer.
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Forster is not in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans, with Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy at the manager’s disposal, but it seems Saints are covering themselves well with the opportunity to recall the six-time England international should they see fit.
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While it seems somewhat peculiar that Southampton would include such a clause in this deal for a player who has been available for several transfer windows now, it does actually make a lot of sense.
If Forster goes on to recapture his best form during the first half of the season at Celtic, he’ll certainly have plenty of potential suitors. There may finally be lots of interest in him following a difficult couple of years, and the potential of a sale could prove to be high for Saints in the January window.
Alternatively, Forster’s performances could convince Hasenhuttl that he does, in fact, have something to offer the club still. He is likely to be Neil Lennon’s first-choice goalkeeper, and as such, he could display enough quality to work his way back into the Southampton manager’s plans for the future.
Either way, Saints don’t seem to lose anything by having a recall clause at their disposal. Forster is rather likely to see out the season-long loan spell at Celtic, but if he goes on to truly stand out for his former club, new possibilities will open up for us.