Reports on Tuesday that Newcastle United have turned down a Glasgow Celtic move for number one goalkeeper Steve Harper.
Steve Harper – Newcastle have blocked a Celtic move for the player
It looks like current Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc has been targeted by Italian club Fiorentina in a deal worth about £3M, and Celtic seem to want Harper to replace the Polish International goalkeeper.
But Chris Hughton will not be tempted to sell long-serving Harper, who is a a key man both in the dressing room, and on the field for the Newcastle club, despite having two top class young keepers available in Fraser Forster and Tim Krul, just waiting for their chance.
This story was news about three weeks ago, and when Boruc moves, the Celtic club will be left with just two goalkeepers in Lukasz Zaluska and Dominic Cervi.
So Chris Hughton has stopped any move for Harper dead in its tracks, as he sees the Easington-born goalkeeper as a key man for the Newcastle side, who are of course back in the Premier League next season.
Steve has 227 senior appearances in his career and 173 for his home-town club.