There’s news on BBC Sports that Celtic want Newcastle 6’7″ goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Fraser Forster – in action for Celtic
Fraser has been on loan for the last two seasons at Celtic, and during that time he has appeared 91 times for the Scottish Champions.
Of course it’s not a certainty that Celtic will be able to agree a fee with Newcastle, for the Hexham born player, who turned 24 last march.
Last summer Celtic wanted Forster but Alan Pardew turned down the £2M offer made for the goalkeeper, and it’s a good question whether Celtic will come up with the fee that Newcastle want for their young goalkeeper.
It doesn’t seem there is a future at Newcastle for Forster, now that Dutch International Tim Krul had such an outstanding first season as the Newcastle number one last term, and Tim was one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
And Newcastle will probably be willing to sell Fraser this summer, but the Newcastle goalkeeper should probably wait a while during the summer, because it wouldn’t surprise us if some Premier League clubs could be interested in him.
Certainly playing in the Premier League would enhance his chances of getting an England call-up.
Fraser has been at Newcastle since 2006, but has never played in a competitive game for the Newcastle first team, and that’s mainly because he’s been away on loan since late 2008, at Stockport County (7), Bristol Rovers (4), Norwich City (42) and Celtic (91).
So in his time out on loan over the last four seasons, Fraser has played 144 first team games, and has kept an impressive 75 clean sheets – more than half of the games he’s played.
We expect Newcastle to sell Fraser in the summer, and bring in another goalkeeper, and it seems that veteran Steve Harper is also out of the reckoning on Tyneside.
We expect Steve to go out on a season-long loan to see out the last year of his Newcastle contract, and then it wouldn’t surprise us if Steve joins the Newcastle coaching staff – maybe with the youth side.
We should see a new goalkeeper coming in over the summer, although 18 year-old England U20 International, Jak Alnwick, has been very impressive for the Reserves last season.