6’7″ tall former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster has done well in Scotland playing for Celtic over the last three years, and he has one cap for England, and is hoping to make the World Cup squad for Brazil in June.
Fraser Forster – could return home this summer?
Forster never played for the Newcastle first team in a competitive game, and two years ago Alan Pardew had to decide which goalkeeper to keep – Tim Krul or Fraser Forster – and after the pre-season he allowed Fraser to leave, and he signed on full time at Celtic for £2M.
Fraser has since gained some good experience playing in the Champions League for Celtic, but he has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League, and he has said he would love to return to Newcastle one day.
Fraser is one who came through the Academy at Newcastle and the 26 year-old has played 243 games with 124 clean sheets in his career – although we suppose it’s fairly easy to keep a clean sheet when you are playing for Celtic.
The Glasgow side are the dominant side in the Scottish Premier League, with Rangers currently making their way back after being demoted a few years ago.
This is what Fraser said last year to Sky Sports about his future:
“I’d like to go back to Newcastle at some point, if the opportunity arises,” “I’m a Newcastle fan and I’ve got unfinished business there.”
“It was a wrench to leave, it’s my hometown club, but it wasn’t meant to be.” “Everyone wants to be playing in the Premier League.”
“It’s the place to be. At the minute I’m very happy at Celtic and playing Champions League football, but long-term it would be nice to play in the Premier League.”
Not sure those comments would have been welcomed by Celtic, but Tim Krul seems to have become disenchanted at Newcastle, and it could be that he is sold in the summer, but only if a club comes in with the £10M it will take to sign him.
And Newcastle could use about half of that money to bring Fraser back home, and it seems that the Hexham-born goalkeeper would jump at the chance to return to Newcastle.
Newcastle have also recently been interested in Dutch U21 goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, who we were also linked with last summer – but he could cost around £6M, so if Tim does leave it’s likely to be Forster or Zoet who is brought in.
Forster has played 190 times for Celtic and there are rumors he will indeed be returning to Newcastle if Tim leaves, and Fraser will improve playing regularly in the Premier League, and will have a better chance of playing for England too.
It could also be another move to have more Englishmen playing for Newcastle next season.