It’s not surprising that Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster will be in big demand this summer.
Fraser Forster – will stay at Newcastle United
Fraser is finishing off a very successful season long loan spell at Glasgow Celtic, and will play his 44th and final appearance for Celtic this Saturday, in the Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell.
Last season Fraser was a star at Norwich City, where he played 42 times for the promotion winning side, and the Canaries have again been promoted this season to the Premier League.
Fraser equaled a club record at Norwich last season by keeping 18 clean sheets in the 38 League One games.
And there have been whispers coming out of Norwich, that they are again interested in signing Forster on a permanent basis, but that will not happen, although a loan deal may be possible again for Fraser to play in East Anglia.
It seems that Celtic manager Neil Lennon is keen to get Fraser to Celtic on a permanent basis, but again there’s little chance of that happening, although we suppose another loan spell at Parkhead is a possibility for Fraser next season.
And Fraser has been breaking records again this season, as Celtic beat their Scottish Premier League clean sheet record with 23 clean sheets in their 38 SPL games, with Forster in goal for all but two of those games.
So in his last two seasons out on loan, Fraser has kept 39 clean sheets in the 74 league games he’s played – and maybe he should be starting for Newcastle next season. 😀
This is what Celtic manager Neil Lennon said today about the 23 year-old 6’7″ Newcastle goalkeeper:
“I think Fraser has been magnificent this season,” “We will certainly look at that as an option for next season.
“We haven’t spoken to Newcastle yet, but there may be inroads made.”
“That will be further down the line, and whether Newcastle want to sell or do business with us is another thing. We haven’t asked the question yet.”
Neil had talked about offering Newcastle £2M for Forster, and manager Alan Pardew had come out and said he wouldn’t accept the offer, but Lennon is right in that it is all unofficial.
Fraser will fight it out with Steve Harper and Tim Krul this summer, and will no doubt be part of the Magpies’ American tour in the summer, but Alan Pardew has stated that neither young goalkeeper will be sold anytime soon.
It seems the likelihood is that Krul and Forster will fight it out for the first team goalkeeper position at Newcastle in the next season or two.
And since 36 year-old Steve Harper is likely to retire in a couple of years time, they’ll not have to wait too much longer.