Fraser Forster Itching For Move To Celtic?


News today in the Scottish Sunday Express that goalkeeper Fraser Forster wants urgent talks with Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.

Fraser Forster – wants urgent talks with Alan Pardew

Celtic bid £1.5M for the 23 year-old Hexham-born 6’7″ goalkeeper last week but Newcastle, as expected, turned the bid down immediately.

Celtic’s manager Neil Lennon has indicated the Scottish club will come back with an improved offer for the player, but on the other hand Pardew wants to take a look at giant goalkeeper in pre-season, to judge if he is good enough to become the Newcastle number one.

The favorite for that position is now Dutch International goalkeeper Tim Krul, who played twice for Holland in the summer,  and turned in two great performances against Brazil in the 0-0 draw on his debut, when he was Man of the Match, and against Uruguay.

And we’re sure the current number one goalkeeper Steve Harper, the long time number two to Shay Given, will have his own ideas about holding onto the goalkeeper jersey.

Newcastle have in fact told Celtic he Fraser is not for sale, but the one thing Fraser doesn’t like the prospect of,  is to spend a season on the bench at Newcastle, and he’d much rather play games, and it’s hard to criticize the lad for that attitude.

Forster has been on loan at Bristol Rovers, Norwich City and Glasgow Celtic over the last two seasons, and now has 97 first team appearances to his name, with a remarkable 55 clean sheets, although he has yet to play for the Newcastle first team, after being away for two successive seasons

Those clean sheets also came from playing for two successful sides – Norwich City in League One when they were promoted last summer and Celtic in the SPL, who don’t lose many games each season.

Norwich have since been promoted to the Premier League, and they have made some noises they may want to take Fraser on loan again next season, and that’s a possibility for the player,  but a decision will have to be made quickly on that by Alan Pardew – if it’s going to happen.

Pardew also criticized the standard of play in the SPL,  and it was hardly surprising he came in for withering criticism from those north of the border, who are more than a little passionate about their football – especially with Rangers and Celtic fans in Glasgow.

It could be that Fraser wants to make his move away from Newcastle this summer, but he still has three years left on his contract, which was extended when the great Alan Shearer was the manager back in 2009.

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37 comments so far

  • LowFellMag

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Let him go but for 3mill if no one else shows interest

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  • Xavi

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    keep him at least till january. gives a chance to have a look at him closer. he couldve developed and become a better keeper than what we’ve got.

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  • geoff777

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Keep him and lets see if he can claim the No1 shirt.

    He’s always going to be worth at least 1.5M.

    If he’s No2, tough on him but he’s under-contract and with injuries his chance might come.

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    No reason to sell and no huge capital to be made so what would be the point

    Keep him and have a look at him if he wants playing time so much there is the reserves.

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  • Lachu

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    ^ Nufc season review video ,
    thanks to chris hughton and kevin Nolan for the only year in half a decade where we are not the laughing stock of football world

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    what time does the sunday sun bring its stories out online?

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  • toontoonblacknwhitearmy

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    he seems to have loads of potential so pardew should wait to see where he could fit in… maybe loan him out to norwich to see if he’s prem quality, bit like when city loaned hart out to birmingham

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #9

    think forster is already nailed on to b no1 here next season

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    hes a geordie he shud want to fight for the no1 spot here

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    lack of ambition if u wud rather play spl than epl

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  • tynesidetommo

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Forster divided the Celtic faithful last season and based on his performances I would take the money. The lad’s no where near the finished article and has no chance of being the Toon’s number one next season. We v other youngsters coming thro so let him go

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    No one is ‘nailed on’ to be our no 1 they want it they earn it in pre-season no decisions will be made before that

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Sunday sun mentioning N’Zogbia again. From N’Zogbia to Treacy in a few sentences. We may be priced out of the market for him so we go for Treacy…WTF. We have a bundle of cash to spend so we go from a French International to a player plying his trade in the lower leagues. This Steve Brown who wrote the article seems to know as much as the man on the corner of the street. Its like saying to the kids, if them sweeties are to expensive then your getting a plate full of sprouts instead lol.

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    ben arfa been giving a clean bill of health

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 26, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #16

    wwjbd – harper wont be no1 n if he is ill b gutted krul n forster r both better than him

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    How is Forster or Krul better than Harper? Krul flaps at the ball a lot and can’t distribute for toffe. Forster has been good at two great clubs in their devision.

    Harper is proven and stable. Krul and Forster are prospects not the finished article neither are better than Harper

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  • MykToonFan

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Sunday Sun linking us with Ireland again.

    £2m, apparently. That’s a very good price if he stays fit.

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  • Andy

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Forster has not been good for Celtic. He has been ok but is no where near as good as krul or Harper! People say he should be number 1 without even watching him play

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #20

    apperently according to the star matuidi has told wenger he wants to go to arsenal,, y the f**k duz him n gervinho wanna go there they must be deluded to think there gunna get 1st team football, gervinho wont be ahed of walcott, nasri, arshavin, n matuidi wont be ahead of song, ramsey, wilshere, diaby just stupid,, if matuidi goes there we shud try n get song or ramsey like

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  • elpaso_geordie

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    N’Zogbia to Treacy – Expect the latter to be our new signing !!
    Just like Gameiro at 10 million to Erdinc at 5 – a big drop in class but the regime can say they tried for top targets.

    Also Forster , let him go i have watched Celtic a canny few times this season and ive never seen him make a top draw save unlike Krul has this season. He never has anything positive about staaying at the toon and it was the same when he went to Norwich he wanted to go there. Me thinks he is a geordie but supports someone else

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  • Stuart

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Either keep him or loan him to Norwich is we can actually keep an eye on him next season rather than back up to scotland.

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  • dmac

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    Harps is old, slow to come for the ball and is often undecisive which cost us a few times last season. I feel for harps cos he has been so loyal but fact is he’s not that good anymore. Krul has 2 full international caps one of which a 0-0 against Brazil. How many caps has Harps?

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  • Stuart

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #24

    Also, Krul would be my first choice next season.

    @MykToonFan – where did you hear that about Ireland? At £2m I’d definately have him back like.

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Krul only got those caps because the two GKs ahead of him were injured

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  • dmac

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Should say indecisive, im hungover haha

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  • dmac

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #27

    Have england never had goalie injuries? Funny i seem to recall friendlies where frankie fielding was on bench

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #28

    davybtoon thought you said harper was away.

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  • Chaz

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #29

    Pardew and the rest of the coaching staff need to push all 3 GK’s during pre-season. My one concern with Harper is fitness. I’d be guiding Harper into a GK coaching role with the club but expect he may well be the one who ends up getting shipped out by the end of the transfer window. There would be plenty of takers out there!

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #30

    dmac the only reason harps has no caps is because he was loyal n sat on the bench,, he was good enuf to be david seamans england replacement but he never got piked for us over possibly the best ever prem goalie

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #31

    England team don’t like NUFC players Harper was also stuck behind a very good Given in our team

    Your argument is flawed because the England team selection is flawed

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  • dmac

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #32

    Im not denying that. And It great to see someone be so loyal. I’d love to see him retire here but i dont feel he is good enough now to be number 1. In the past few years england have had james,carson,green,robinson and Hart surely Harps if he was good enough could have squeezed a cap or two amongst the shite before Hart?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #33

    my criticism of Forster is that he is very slow getting his huge frame down to ground shots and for free kicks he goes down in installments. Shame really as usually you like a tall goalie to give the defense confidence.

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  • dmac

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #34

    Agree with the comment about getting him into the coaching side of it. Who better to learn from?

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  • Thump

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #35

    £2m and I’ll drive him myself.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jun 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #36

    Krul is my choice for No. 1 next season. Be a battle between Forster and Harper for the seat on the bench. If Harps gets it, send Forster out on loan to West Brom, with them losing Carson. If Forster, sell Harper to them.

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  • DaraghL

    Jun 26, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #37

    i would have him as our number 2 next season
    krul deserves his chance and Harper for me although I’ll always be greatful will always be at best a sub for us.

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