It’s likely that Southampton’s bid of £10M for Celtic and former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster will be accepted and will benefit Newcastle, because when we did the deal with Celtic for Forster a couple of years ago, Newcastle insisted on a sell-on fee.
Hexham-born Fraser Forster
That sell-on deal is said to be 25%, and the way that generally works is whatever profit Celtic get on Forster, Newcastle will receive 25% of that.
So that’s 25% of £8M – so Newcastle should be able to pocket £2M.
It’s surprising that Fraser’s value increased so much in just two years, and maybe Newcastle should have asked more for him two years ago, but now we will have received £4M in total for Fraser Forster.
Newcastle almost had to sell Fraser, because he didn’t want to sit on the bench at Newcastle, and two years ago Tim Krul was the firm Newcastle number one – and he still is.
And a potential twist – Celtic were beaten 6-1 on aggregate to Polish club Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, but the Polish side fielded an ineligible player.
Legia brought on Bartosz Bereszynski for the last four minutes of their 2-0 second-leg victory at Murrayfield on Thursday night, while he was supposed to be serving a suspension following a red card for violent conduct in last season’s Europa League.
So four minutes of (complete) madness by those in charge of Legia Warsaw mean that Celtic are back in the competition since they were awarded that second leg 3-0, so the Scottish giants go through on away goals.
We don’t believe this reversal will mean the transfer of Forster to Southampton will be called off by Celtic so Newcastle will get £2M.
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