Celtic’s chances of signing Fraser Forster permanently may have now been dented, as contract details of the goalkeeper have emerged.
Football Insider recently reported about the English goalkeeper, saying that the Hoops now face an ‘impossible’ battle to rope Forster in on a permanent basis. They describe Forster’s Southampton contract to be ‘extraordinary’.
A Saints source has told the outlet that the goalkeeper’s current deal is worth £5million a year and that means he earns £100,000-a-week. They say that this wage is three times more than what Celtic’s top earners like Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Christopher Jullien earn currently.
They claim that while the economics of the deal could indeed make it impossible for Celtic to sign Forster, another loan deal to Parkhead could still be possible for the goalkeeper. To get this loan deal done, Celtic would need to pay a part of Forster’s wage and a loan fee for the player.
Is it impossible for Celtic to sign Forster permanently now?
Yes, it is impossible
No, we can still get him
This could really be a blow to Celtic’s chances of signing Forster permanently. Considering Craig Gordon has already confirmed his Parkhead exit, there will be an even bigger burden on Neil Lennon to sign a goalkeeper who can be their first-choice in the 2020/21 season.
But another loan deal for Forster could make sense for Celtic. The 32-year-old’s contract at Southampton expires in the summer of 2022 and if Celtic keep him on loan for another season, they’d have to pay less to buy him permanently in the summer of 2021 than they’d have to now.
The Daily Mail (via Daily Record) did report about the Hoops looking for a fresh loan deal. And that should please Celtic fans, as it would be a more affordable deal for the Bhoys.