It’s likely that Fraser Forster could make a permanent move to Celtic next month.
Fraser Forster – Newcastle could sell in January
The giant 6’7″ goalkeeper , who has never played in the Newcastle first team in a competitive game, was given his chance in the pre-season at Newcastle, when the manager took a good look at him on the US tour and in other pre-season games.
But Fraser did not quite look the part, and since then 23 year-old Dutch International goalkeeper Tim Krul has been in magnificent form for Newcastle, after he won the first team goalkeeper jersey in the summer from veteran Steve Harper.
With Fraser wanting to go on loan if he didn’t make the number one position at Newcastle, the Tyneside club brought in 25 year-old Rob Elliot from Charlton Athletic in late August, and he has mainly been the back-up goalkeeper this season.
Indeed veteran Steve Harper only recently returned from a one month loan at Championship club Brighton where he played 5 times.
Neil Lennon bid £2M for Forster in the summer, but that bid was turned down, and we think it will take more than that for Newcastle to sell him to Celtic.
Forster has been on loan to Stockport County (7), Bristol Rovers (4), Norwich City (42) and Celtic (65) over the last last three years, and he has played a total of 118 games with 56 clean sheets, including 21 appearances this season at Celtic with 7 clean sheets.
It seems that Fraser is willing enough to sign for the Scottish side:
“I don’t know what’s going on, to be honest,” “I have to see what happens at the end of the season. I’m here on a loan move with a view to a permanent transfer, so I don’t know. It’s up to them, really.”
“The important thing for me is to keep working hard and see where it takes us.” “Would it suit me? Yeah, it’s a massive club and the fans are brilliant, so it would be a great move.”
“I’m playing for a contract, playing to impress, but that’s good. You can produce your best if you’re under a bit of pressure like that.” “For me personally, I just need to stop doing loan deals. That’s been the third year on the bounce.”
“I need to just settle down and find somewhere to call home. That’s what I want. I know that, in order to do that, I have to perform well enough to earn it.” “Celtic does feel like a bit like home already but negotiations seem to have dragged on a bit.”
“It was talked about in the summer, a proper move, and it never really happened. I got the loan, so I have to make the most of that. I think I do need to sign for someone in the summer.” “This time I want to find somewhere I can settle. “
“I don’t think the door is closed at Newcastle but I need to find somewhere I enjoy being – and I enjoy being here.” “I am up here on my own, not with my family, and that makes it a bit hard. It would be nice to settle.
“Given a choice, I would take the title medal over a new contract. Would one get me the other? It would certainly help, I think!”
While it’s possible that Pardew could sell Forster in January, he could also wait until the summer, but we doubt if Fraser has a future on Tyneside.
Pardew could wait until the summer before selling Forster, and it’s likely that a number of clubs in England would be interested him, and Newcastle could get the transfer fee they are looking for.
Selling Forster is now a real probability with top 19 year-old England U20 goalkeeper Jak Alnwick coming through at Newcastle, and currently on loan at Gateshead in the Blue Square League across the River Tyne, through the end of this year.
Jak looks to be a top young goalkeeper in the making and only recently said his number one goal was to become the Newcastle number on goalkeeper as soon as possible.
Forster would also like Celtic to keep club captain Scott Brown, whose contract runs out next summer:
“I think it’s very important that we keep him,” “Scott’s a key player, a massive player for the club. If we can get him signed up, it will be a massive boost.”
“Personally, I hope he stays here because he’s a fantastic player who does a great job. He’s a terrific leader and model pro.”
Only last week Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was asked if there was any interest in Scott Brown and the manager said there wasn’t, and we’d be surprised if there were any truth in the rumors that Newcastle are after the 26 year-old central midfielder.
The Magpies seem fairly well stocked with central midfielders at the moment with some top youngsters like 19 year-old Slovenian U21 International Haris Vuckic, 19 year-old Algerian U23 International Mehdi Abeid and 21 year-old England U21 International Dan Gosling coming through the ranks well.
Danny Guthrie has also been in top form in the first team in place of the injured Cheick Tiote over the last five games.