Tottenham Hotspur will not be announcing the signing of Fraser Forster until July, despite reports suggesting the deal is done.
This is according to reliable Spurs journalist Alasdair Gold, who has been discussing the 34-year-old’s expected arrival on his YouTube channel.
The Southampton goalkeeper made 19 appearances in the Premier League under Ralph Hasenhuttl over the course of the 2021/22 campaign and is set to replace Pierluigi Gollini as Hugo Lloris’ No 2.
Forster is set to make the move to north London as a free agent, with his deal on the south coast at Southampton coming to an end in the coming weeks.
And this is the reason why it is believed no announcement from the Lilywhites will happen until July, with Spurs respecting the rules involving free-agent movements within the Premier League.
Gold said: “Fraser Forster yet to be announced. From what I understand, I was asking various people connected with it all within the club, and the general consensus is they’d be surprised if it was announced by the end of June, which was an interesting one.
“So, perhaps the thinking there is that he gets announced on July 1st after his contract has ended with Southampton.”
TIF Thoughts on Gold’s comments…
There will have been many Spurs fans expecting this to have been the first signing announced by the north London, with Forster undergoing his medical early last week and it being claimed that he’s set to be announced, so this update from Gold may come as a bit of a surprise.
Will Forster be better than Gollini was?
However, the Saints goalkeeper has now been beaten by the signing of Ivan Perisic, with the Croatian also joining on a free transfer as his deal runs down with Inter.
With the summer transfer window not even open, it certainly seems like a strong start from Spurs, who are looking to keep the high spirits of the fans intact from their excellent Premier League run-in.