Two years ago Alan Pardew had a good look at Fraser Forster during our pre-season games, before sanctioning a £2M move to Celtic, where he had been on loan the previous season and had played very well.
Fraser Forster – now worth £9M?
In the two years since Fraser signed on at the Scottish powerhouse the 26 year-old has played well and gained attention due to some great displays in the Champions League, and the 6’7″ giant was one of the three goalkeeper sin England’s World Cup squad in Brazil although he didn’t play.
Fraser joined Newcastle in 2005 (when he was 17) from Wallsend Boys Club, and he made it clear he didn’t want to be sitting on the bench at Newcastle, and Pardew made the decision that Tim Krul was the better goalkeeper and so he let Fraser leave.
But news over the weekend that Southampton have had a £6M bid turned down by Celtic, and the news is they will go in with an increased bid of £9M.
£9M for a guy who we got £2M for a short two years ago will raise some eyebrows on Tyneside – did we underestimate this Hexham-born goalkeeper?
Fraser didn’t play particularity well in pre-season two years ago, and we have to think – given the circumstances – the Newcastle manager made the right call in letting him go.
Fraser has played 195 times for Celtic and twice for England, but he never played in a competitive game for his home town club Newcastle United.
With previous loans at Stockport County, Bristol Rovers and Norwich City, he has already played 248 first team games so far in his career.
What do you think?
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