Celtic look set to secure a deal that will see Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster rejoin the Scottish champions on loan for the entire 2020/21 season.
A source has exclusively told our sister site Read Celtic that Southampton are looking to resolve the goalkeeper’s future as soon as possible so they can put their own summer plans in place and as such, a loan move looks set to be completed by the end of this week.
Southampton will continue to pay a chunk of Forster’s £70,000-a-week wages, and it’s that salary which is making it tough for Saints to sell the goalkeeper on a permanent deal
Forster is contracted to Southampton until 2022 on that £70,000-a-week deal and there are seemingly no interested suitors willing to pay him that amount and as such, a transfer is off the table.
Therefore, the best option for Southampton is to get a loan fee for the veteran ‘keeper, plus get some of his wages off their books so they can invest in other areas of their squad.
As per the Read Celtic report, there is a loan move agreed in principle but talks are ongoing about the inclusion of an option that would see Celtic buy the goalkeeper next summer.
Read Southampton Verdict
In hindsight, the contract that Saints gave to Forster was a bad move, one that has cost them plenty of money, both in terms of salary and in terms of lost transfer fees.
With Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn ahead of Forster in the pecking order, Saints are right to move the goalkeeper on and it seems like this loan, whilst not ideal, seems to be the best of the options available to them at this time.