News today that Celtic have made a £1.5M bid for Newcastle United goalkeeper, Fraser Forster.
Fraser Forster - goalkeeper in great demand
Alan Pardew had talked in the press earlier this year about a possible £2M bid coming from Celtic, for the 23 year-old Hexham-born goalkeeper, and Alan said he would turn that down, so we expect this bid to be given short shrift.
The Newcastle manager also took the opportunity at the time to criticize the standards of the Scottish SPL, and even said the Celtic – Rangers games weren’t that good these days,
Alan said that when Fraser returned he would be subject to a much different type of football in England and a much higher class.
It even seemed at the time that Alan had regretted the fact that Fraser had spent the season up north.
Of course th,at hardly made any friends in Scotland, and we have to assume there are no real targets up there for the club this summer, otherwise those statements could have adversely affected the ability of Newcastle to bring any Scottish targets south.
It’s clear that Celtic need a top goalkeeper for next season, but ti seems highly unlikely that Pardew would sanction another Forster loan north of the border, so the best chance for the Glasgow giants is to try to sign the player permanently.
Fraser makes a habit of keeping clean sheets and had 25 clean sheets in 44 appearances for Celtic last season, and seems to have greatly impressed the Celtic manager, although he has yet to make his first team debut for Newcastle.
Fraser has always made it clear that he wants to play games, and he’s one of those professionals that would be very unhappy picking up his wages by sitting on the bench, and he said this about being a substitute a couple of months back:
“Sitting on a bench is not something I want. The only way I will progress in my career is if I am out playing in front of big crowds.”
It seems that James Perch has those same feelings about sitting on the bench, and he’s not been happy at not playing on Tyneside, and now apparently wants to return to a Championship side and play games – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that sentiment.
Alan Pardew meant it when he said he had not yet decided who will be number one goalkeeper at Newcastle next season, and of course it’s between Tim Krul, the full Dutch International now after playing so well for Holland against Brazil and Uruguay this summer, Fraser Forster, and current number one Steve Harper.
In our poll on the home page down the right hand column, the poll for who should be number one goalkeeper next season shows that Tim Krul has 53% of the vote, Fraser has 24%, Steve Harper has 18%, and 5% are still undecided.
That’s with over 17000 votes cast, and the poll is still open if you want to register your vote.
Bottom line, there seems no way that Alan Pardew will accept a £1.5M offer for Fraser Forster.