Celtic To Bid £2M For Newcastle’s Fraser Forster

There is news this morning is  that Celtic may want to make the loan move, of Newcastle’s 6’7″ goalkeeper Fraser Forster,  permanent in the summer.

Fraser Forster – in action last weekend against Rangers
Rangers beat Celtic 2-1 in the Scottish League Cup final

The Hexham-born goalkeeper, who turned 23 on St. Patrick’s day last week, has been on loan to the Scottish giants this season, and has so far made 32 appearances for the Glasgow side.

And the news is that Celtic are thought to be ready to make a cut-price £2M bid for the youngster, but we’d be very surprised if Newcastle accept that bid, with Newcastle number one goalkeeper Steve Harper only yesterday saying he would probably only play two more years before finally retiring.

The Scottish clubs don’t have much money these days, and that includes both Celtic and Rangers, because the TV rights from the SPL are minuscule compared to what clubs get in the English Premier League, where the EPL games are shown around the world every weekend.

And it seems that Neil Lennon would like to tie up Fraser at the club, to solve his goalkeeping problem, because if Fraser doesn’t stay, Lennon will need to find a new number one for next season

There have been persistent rumors that Newcastle may want to sign 26 year-old  Coventry City goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, whom Newcastle were linked with in January.

But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said he wants to take a look at all three Newcastle goalkeepers, including Tim Krul, the 22 year-old Dutch U21 International in the summer, before deciding which one to sell between the two youngsters.

But why wouldn’t Alan want to keep both young goalkeepers for the next couple of years, and then have then fight it out for who will take over from Steve Harper?

If Newcastle keep Fraser at least another year his price will go up in the transfer market, as he’s now had two very successful seasons out on loan, having played 42 times last season with Norwich City, when they were promoted to the Championship.

It’s a decision Alan Pardew will need to make in the summer, but we’d be surprised if he makes any decision on his goalkeepers before the pre-season is well underway.

Do you think Newcastle should keep Fraser on Tyneside?

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • skutball1892

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Keep him, send Krul out on loan. Personally, I think he could be our number one for the 2012/13 season.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Fraser has himself said he won’t return just to sit on the bench.

  • Stuart

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3


    I’m sure hes worth more than that! I say we loan him out again next season so Harper can have one more season then bring him back the year after to be number 1.

    Absolutely no need to sell him.

  • skutball1892

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d have him as our number one now, but it would depend on Harps. Would he be willing to step aside to let the younger lads in? Or if Fraser was to go I wouldn’t sell him, but loan him to a promoted Championship club. Gives him EPL experience.

  • dawid182

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    no way

  • dave 1961

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

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  • Davies

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Not worth selling for £2m. I don’t think he’s ready to be our number 1 yet and I certainly don’t think he’s any better (or worse) that Tim Krul. It would be nice to keep both of them here and let them fight it out for the next couple of years.

    If Forster thinks that (at 23) he’s too good to be on the bench, then I guess we have to let him get on with it elsewhere. It looks to me like patience is the only thing that sets our two younger ‘keepers apart. Krul is happy to fight for his place, Forster seems to expect it.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #8

    How long does Harpers contract go for? One would assume two more years as it has not been mentioned recently.

    I think Fraser is the future and he has done himself enormous favours going out on loan. If he comes in next year I’d expect it to be a fight between and Hrps for the spot whilst krul went on loan. They are both good good goalies but they will need to fight it out next season and lets face it Harps should finish off 2nd best.

  • GeordieDan

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #9

    £2 million for one of the best Keepers around already even at his age-no chance.

    We’d be mental to let him leave us AT ALL permanently. He’s a Geordie, he a giant, he’s young, talented etc. etc. (Remind you of anyone else?)

    Mind you if Celtic come back with a £35million bid I’d be open to discussions lyk. 🙂

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #10

    here is a radical idea. Why not play the goalkeeper who simply lets in the least goals, and does not drop colossal bollocks every so often with disasterous results? That would make the number 1 jersey theirs on merit, not just because they waited a long long time for the chance to become number one. Ten yeasr ago Harper could have played for England, and would have walked into numerous Premier teams. Now, he is too slow and is a ‘goal line’ keeper. He has been a good servant, but sentiment will not keep the ball out of the net. Forster number 1 next year, Krul on the Bench. Steve Harper, goalkeeper coach (Probably a good one too).

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 24, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #11


    Stephen Alan Harper







  • Visten

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #12

    For that price!!!! Jog on Celtic me lads

  • ytz

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #13

    @ Lynxie

    Exactly. I am afraid Steve Harper isn’t Premiership-class anymore.

  • Sav

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #14

    if for nothing else, sending players out on loan establishes their transfer value. Forster has done very well at Norwich and Celtic and that’s 2 good clubs would be glad to buy him if they could. Krul needs to do the same because while he may be rated at NUFC and by the Dutch he really needs to show what he can do otherwise if and when he does leave, it will be as a relatively untried youngster. His season at Falkirk was not high-profile enough for his abilities now. Let Tim replace Fraser at Parkhead and Fraser try for a chance to step in to Harper’s boots.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    can we send out Smith, Guthrie and Raylor on loan then? that would improve the transfer value, coz at present we would have to pay someone to take them.

    Th ewhole point of sending players on loan is to get them fit enough to be of use to US, not Norwich or Celtic. We should tell the tims to come back with a MUCH fatter check book.

  • PoolieToon

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    No.1 GK next season, no chance! Harper had 1 crap game and had a shakey defence infront of him against Stoke and aparently now he’s rubbish. He is a quality keeper and has served the Toon well.

    If Forster wants to jump ship he can do, he has no real PL experience. Fair enough has been a dependable keeper in League 1 with Norwitch and now Celtic who are in a League with 2 Championship sides against practically League 1 opposition.

    He is not going to get in ahead of Krul who stood in very well for Harps when he was injured and we still have young Soderberg to be Krul’s No. 2 when Harps retires.

    So yeh he can get first team action for a lower side for all i care and he’s only worth 3 mill as far as i’m concerned if given went for 7mill.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Time waits for no man. Harper has indeed been a good servant, but there are dozens of better keepres in th ePL ahead of him now, and we should be looking to improve our standards in ALL areas. Harper is not under any real threat of losing his place, and he looks complacent at times. I sincerely hope he gives himself a huge kick up the hole for last week (he will know he needs it) and perks up a little for the battle ahead. We should never be in this position, collectively the team have taken thier foot off th egas (sunderlandnil away, Spurs at Home, Bolton at home etc etc ) Pardew needs to shoulder some of the blame, but as a team, they got themselves into this, they need to stand big and prove they are better than the mercenary couldnt-care-less-brigade of wankers who got us relegated two years ago. Improvement going forward? Definately give Forster and Krul a sniff next year, or risk losing BOTH of them. Not every player is happy to sit on th ebench every week for 12 years (Kieron Dyer excepted)

  • clinta2

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #18

    @ Lynxie

    What utter bollocks! So you think Pardew is playing Harps on a weekly basis becuase he was loyal to NUFC? Please! Perhaps he’s playing him because he has a lot of experience, which is vtal for a goal keeper and one of the reasons they can last in the game for such a long time.

    It could also be because he is fa more consistent to his current understudy and performs better in training.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Fraser love Newcastle United and he want to play for his beloved team. But if he cant be guarantee games then i think he will move (except if he is steve harper)

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #20

    yes he has a lot of experience. he has experience of being beaten from 65 yards by Xabi Alonso, he has the experience of going down like a giant redwood every time a shot trickles in from 25 yards out (the goal that Duff defelcted in at Villa Park to send us down, bobbled twenty times or so)
    he has the experience of fannying around like a geriatric when we are chasing the game, and he has the experience of standing on his goal line when crosses loft in to th esix yard box. Which of the above do you think makes him the best keeper at our club? Answer: none of them, it just that Krul has lots to do to be reliable, and Forster is out on a season long loan. If Forster were not at Celtic, he would be breathing down Harpers neck by now, especially after saturdays embarrassment.

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #21

    was harper at fault for the second goal aginst wimbled….sorry stoke……it was a mistake but i feel we had two good opputunities to prebent the goal after that…the clearence and sols assist could all have been prevented…..harpers dosnt do many howlers and i still think hes our best keeper…against everton he saved us from humiliation….

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #22

    If Steve Harper is reading this, I have one question.
    When facing the free kick (which was the 3rd goal) why were your hands hanging by your knees? Were you not expecting even the remote possibility that a save may be required? Why were you not ‘prepared’?
    Too slow to react, lackadaisical, over-confident bordering on cocksuredness.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #23

    I dont doubt that Harper is the best keeper at the club, but he is not the best keeper the club has on its books, thats the difference.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #24

    do you not think Harper could have come and taken th eball instead of Sol making a tool of it? it was only 3 yards away yet he backed off it. Goalkeepers are supposed to impose themselves. Campbell must have been waiting for a barge from his outrushing keeper, who has th ebenefit of arm length and hands, for extra advantage over defenders……..

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #25

    lynxie…i think everything about the stoke game stinks….i was one who thought the 35 2 formation would be good…but i like pards was wrong…our players are not good enough for change of tactics…they can only 442 and hoof ball…
    also i havent seen much of foster so cant really comment but i do think krul isnt good enough yet…his positioning is very poor….harper i think is a good keeper…personal opinion only

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Aye the tactics (or lack of them) against the modern day Wimbeldon, were abysmal. But surely these guys are professional footballers, and kick and rush should never win over class and skill (unfortunately we know it does)
    What worries me is that many many teams have ‘wanted it’ more than us this season (stevenage was a massive wake up call, and Pardew was found wanting then too). We are now entering the ‘want it or perish’ segment of the season. It worries me to death, especially if thier heads are not right. Arrogance and lazyness will be our downfall, and the players have a responsibility to not let all of last years hard work be for nothing. this motivation MUST come from the manager down through the senior players.

  • gorskino10

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #27

    TBH either Forster/Krul have enough to take over Steves place, i knew his age has caught up with him look it even effects the best of keepers like Van Der Saar who has done so many little mistakes here and there.

    Its hard to choose but i would say as Forster is ENGLISH he will become a player worth alot of money, i would say he looks the more raw talent out of all keepers so sell him for 2 Million BUT PUT IN A BUY BACK CLAUSE OF 2 MILL so its basically a loan, IF HE improves leaps and bounds and Krul and Harper are playing bad, we can buy him back.

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #28

    i for one dosnt think this chop and change of managers can benefit any..and i dont think of laying blame at the manger constantly….
    when keegan was appointed second time and also shearer i was pleased cause for once fans would actually start to look at the players faults and not bthe manager….a manager can only do so much…at the end of the day its the players

  • wynsleap

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Davies(7) You can’t blame Forster for having ambition. The lad’s had two cracking seasons with his clubs on loan and Celtic ARE a big club.
    Although I rate him highly I don’t think Krul really took his opportunity this season to make himself undroppable when Harper was out and maybe it’s time to give Fraser a chance to be No1. next season and send Tim out on loan (to Celtic maybe?). At least then there would be a comparison of capabilities.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #30

    I am gonna spring positive now. We will be OK simply because we are NOT Blackburn, Wigan or West Brom. If there is a God, Villa will continue thier plummet to obscurity (Taking mackem reject ‘babyliner’ Bent with them). We will be OK, because we are better than th erest below us. The players just need to grow a pair and not be afraid of SJP crowd,.
    Attack, Attack, AtackAttackAttack!

  • chuck

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Use him in a deal to acquire Izeguirre.
    Sign Westwood also and we are set for a few years, with Krul & Westwood backing up Harper.
    And from all accounts Izaguirre @ 25 is every bit as good as Enrique, he`s a pacey attacking left wingback, whom many top clubs have shown interest in.
    So with Celtics lack of funds, theres no doubt they would be forced to part with him and the fact they like Forster gives us an edge on any deal.
    But then what do I know ?

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Chuck, you are spot on with Izaguirre, he looks top class.

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #33

    being totally ignorant – havent seen anything to this izaguirre fellow but know that the scottish league is pants and its like watching pai nt dry…
    surely he cant be anywhere near as goos as our own *im biased) best left back in the world jose enrique?

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #34

    It would be interesting to see him take the step up. I rate him, he has a great first touch, loads of pace, heart like a lion, and tackles his body weight. What more can you ask, except has he got what it takes to improve further?

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #35

    time will telll…..if adam, dorrans, feguson to go by he should be all right……
    anyone knows any spanish player making transition from scottish league to epl apart from arteta?

  • cartoonie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Forster is the best keeper weve got ive heard a few of the players say it. Ship Krul out on loan for the season and start giving forster a chance, no point in our ressy keepers sitting doing nowt when harper is going to be gone in a couple of seasons. Fair enough when the keeper is up to v.d.sar standard but i dont think harper is anywhere near

  • robbhoys

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Forster for Izzaguirre – you boys are really having a laugh – must be all that Newcastle Brown crap yeese swallow!!!
    Personally, as a season ticket holder (of which we have more than your mickey mouse team)at Celtic Park for the last 20 years, I hope to Ghod that we don’t part with one penny for Forster AKA Herman Munster. He may be 6’7″ standing still but he must only be about 5’3″ when he jumps.
    I can’t remember a less commmanding goalkeeper in 40 years of watching football, and his inability to kick the ball from back passes is a constant worry.
    So no thanks, you can keep your 3rd choice keeper, and continue to dream about being in a position to buy a real quality left back!!!!
    Not a chance.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Ok then, we’ll sell a keeper who’s going to be battling with Joe Hart for the England no1 jersey, for about a decade, for a poxy £2m? That plus Izaguirre and Hooper, then we’ll think about it.

  • listie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Next season

    Harper on the bench
    Krul on loan to Celtic
    Forster number 1

    simples !

  • chuck

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #40

    I was thinking about getting Izaguirre for Forster plus cash, he Forster is doing ok but he`s not a candidate for the England job and just because he`s a Geordie, does`nt mean anything, look at what happened to our last Geordie hero !
    Let`s get real here.


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