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?