Norwich City chairman Alan Bowkett has confirmed that the East Anglia club are in talks with Newcastle, as they try to tie up a season-long loan deal for Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster for next season in the CC Championship.
Fraser Forster – Newcastle’s talented 22 year-old goalkeeper
With the news earlier this week that Leeds United are another Championship club interested in taking Fraser on loan next season, it looks like Norwich are trying to tie up the deal as quickly as possible.
Forster played 41 times in total for the Canaries last season, and kept 20 clean sheets, just one short of the Norwich record, set back in the 1970s by then goalkeeper Kevin Keelan.
Fraser was also the club’s players’ player-of-the-season and was a key member of the League One title-winning squad last term.
Bowkett told the fans yesterday they were already talking to the Newcastle club and trying to make a deal for Fraser, who seems to have become very popular at Carrow Road.
Bowkett said yesterday:
“We continue to have important and friendly negotiations with Newcastle as to their decision on whether they want Fraser to play at St James’ Park this coming season or not,”
“Naturally here at Carrow Road we’d all love to see Fraser play for us for one more year but I’m afraid there’s very little we can do until Newcastle finalise their plans for next season.”
“Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.”
We have to think that Chris Hughton, the Newcastle manager, will want to take a look at the 22 year-old over the summer, before deciding whether to send him out on loan.
But it could well be that Norwich want first refusal should Newcastle, as expected, allow the talented Hexham-born goalkeeper go out on loan again next season.
It’s good that clubs of the caliber of Norwich City and Leeds United, who both have terrific fan support, are after some of our younger players at Newcastle.