It seems that Newcastle 24 year-old goalkeeper Fraser Forster is stalling on a deal with Celtic.
Fraser Forster – stalling at move to Celtic
The Newcastle goalkeeper has played two seasons on loan at Celtic, and terms of around £2M have been agreed between the two clubs, but it seems that Celtic are having trouble meeting Forster’s wage demands.
Forster is on a five year deal on Tyneside,which he signed three years ago, when Alan Shearer briefly managed the club in April and May of 2009, just before Newcastle were relegated.
And we would expect Fraser to be looking for an improvement on the current contract he has on Tyneside.
Fraser’s agent Mark Curtis had this to say about the state of the negotiations with Celtic:
“I’ve spoken to Fraser today — I’m meeting him on Friday and I’ll speak to Peter Lawwell again after we’ve had our meeting, to tell him whether he’s going to be coming or not.”
“We’re a little bit away on the deal at the moment, but we’ll see what transpires between now and the end of the week. Maybe we’ll get a bit closer.”
“The only reason we’ve not met before now is Fraser’s been away, then I’ve been away. It just happens at this time of year — there’s nothing sinister in it.”
“We need to talk face to face and we’ll do that on Friday. We’d like to get this sorted out one way or another in the next 10 days. Fraser wants to know what he’s going to be doing next season.”
There’s not an awful lot of money in Scottish football these days, and it may be that a Premier League club could come in for the Hexham-born 6’7″ English goalkeeper.
But it looks as though that will not be QPR, who seem to have agreed to pay former West Ham goalkeeper £50K/week, after West Ham balked at the wage demands of the current England number two goalkeeper.
Celtic could even turn to free agent Craig Gordon of Sunderland, who never lived up to the £9M fee Roy Keane paid for him, and the Scottish International has missed most of the last two seasons through injury.
What do you think?