It seems that Newcastle are ready to sell Fraser Forster to Celtic.
Fraser Forster – could move permanently to Celtic
Forster does not want to stay on Tyneside if he is not the number one, and Tim Krul is clearly the top goalkeeper at Newcastle, and he’s the same age as Fraser – 23 years-old.
Forster had a chance last summer to claim the number one spot, but he wasn’t able to do that, and we think Rob Elliot was signed in late August as the future back-up to Tim Krul.
When Fraser again joined Celtic on a season long loan deal, that seemed to be the end of his Newcastle career, and he has never played for the first team in a competitive game.
Neil Lennon is hoping to get a deal sorted out soon, but we wonder how much Newcastle will want for the 6’7″ Hexham-born goalkeeper, since they turned down a £2M offer in the summer from Celtic.
Forster has two and a half years of his five year Newcastle contract left to run, which he signed when Alan Shearer was briefly the manager at Newcastle.
It’s a good bet that Newcastle can do a deal with Celtic before the January transfer window ends, and then we expect that Steve Harper would not be allowed to go out on loan.
Steve would probably be the one preferred to Rob Elliot if Tim is injured, and that’s because of his previous experience at Newcastle and in the Premier League.
And it was interesting that Newcastle were linked with 23 year-old Portsmouth goalkeeper Stephen Henderson recently, and maybe this lad could be brought in either this month or in the summer to bolster the goalkeeping position at Newcastle.
With Portsmouth recently being served a winding up order, they are again in deep financial trouble, and Newcastle may be able to get a good deal on the player.