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Celtic Fail To Meet Fraser Forster Wage Demands

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?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Having to care for Bills son is too good for Ashley.

  • Magpie_Man

    Jun 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Why not keep him as a backup. He might have made a mistake against Leeds but not all gk’s are perfect. He’s a good young English keeper and what’s the point of splashing money out on a new backup when we have him.

  • Graeme

    Jun 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #3

    If he stays at NUFC its not the end of the world and FF is a far better keeper than the back-up we signed last year, that’s for sure!! Give him the cup games etc to rotate with Tim – he can’t play them all!!

  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Sell him. The longer he stays, the greater the risk of selling Krul.

  • Sazzer

    Jun 13, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Loan him out so his value increases.Then sell him when he reached top value.

  • Shearer.Milburn

    Jun 13, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #6

    FF doesn’t want to play 2nd fiddle so he wants and has to go… If he was happy to play cup/Europa games then he could stay but I think he’ll leave

  • Beardo

    Jun 13, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Loan him to say QPR, if he’s successful in the Prem he may get an England call-up, then by the end of the season he’ll have plenty of suitors and we could make them pay through the nose!

    No sense in selling him now to Celtic, for a measly 2m.

  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Jun 13, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Graham Carr if you are following this blog, Manuel Fernandes (Besiktas) is available on a free. Used to cost Valencia £12.2 million, apparently Be?ikta? mutually agreed to terminate his contract as the club failed to pay his wages!

  • zaktoon_swede

    Jun 13, 2012 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #9

    im off to see the stone roses, kasabian n noel at hultsfredfestivalen! hope for some good news when im back! have a good week..

  • lee1892

    Jun 13, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Zaktoon have you heard about the stone roses bust up last night? I’ll be surprised if they are on

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 13, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #11

    I think that cabaye will announce, his wife is expecting their 2nd child. i will be surprised if it hadanything to do with NUFC.

  • Willo

    Jun 13, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m with Ben Arfa on this one. If Forster stays, it’s an excuse to entertain offers for Krul. Sell Forster. Sign a decent backup and let Harper go so the man can get the first team football that he deserves.

  • Paps

    Jun 13, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Mornin guys. Forster does this on fm aswell. he‘ll be a great sub 4 krul though

  • Paps

    Jun 13, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #14

    I agree with ben arfa aswell. hope that we only accept a huge offer as krul is top class

  • Paps

    Jun 13, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #15

    Dont forget that forsters a top keeper too

  • Slank

    Jun 13, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #16

    FF wants/needs first team football but not in a mickey mouse league in Scotland. If he goes to Celtic he will have thrown his career away.

    I suspect that there are quite a few premiership teams that require a good young keeper. That’s where his future is.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 13, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Hopefully thats celtic out of the running then and we can start a bit of a bidding war in the prem with qpr intrested and havent west ham released rob green? Schwazers gettin on at fulham and maybe even villa was the a rumour bout shay wanting to move on?

  • timzrus

    Jun 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #18

    If anyone’s f*****g anyone about it’s young Forster doing it. Celtic have bent over backwards trying to accommodate him, but yes, even a massive club like they are just don’t have as much cash as lesser outfits who happen to play in the Premiership.

    So, yes, if I was Neil Lennon I’d make him one final offer, and he either accepts it or returns to obscurity in Newcastle as third ‘keeper, with apparently no Premiership clubs interested? For that’s what he really wants.

    He can either stay with Celtic, play in Europe, win trophies, play regular first team football, or he can return to Tynside and kick his heels in the reserves because Pardew clearly doesn’t rate him.

    Yes, he may miss out on any potential England caps, but let’s face it, if his own manager has such a low opinion of him, why would the international set up be interested in him. Don’t England have other ‘keepers ahead of him???


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