Former England striker Darren Bent believes that Celtic will rue not signing Fraser Forster, and may end up “biting the bullet” in January despite the goalkeeper’s huge wages.
Bent predicts big bucks to be spent
Last season, the Englishman kept 17 clean sheets from 39 appearances in all competitions for Neil Lennon’s side before the campaign was cut short due to coronavirus (TransferMarkt), helping them clinch nine-in-a-row.
Recent reports suggested that Forster would demand wages in the region of £100k-a-week, already on £70k-a-week at Southampton (Spotrac). But maybe he is worth it – his teammate Maya Yoshida once described him as a “monster” after a string of consistent performances for Ralph Hassnhuttl’s side (via The Telegraph).
Speaking with Football Insider, Bent believes that the Hoops might end up going back in for Forster despite his high wages with the South Coast outfit.
“He’s on a lot of money. They might end up biting the bullet,” he warned.
“He’s always been a good goalkeeper, I’ve always liked him, and he’s always quite impressed me.
“He seems to be one of those goalkeepers who, I wouldn’t say goes under the radar but people don’t really speak about him as much as they do others.
“Potentially Celtic might have another look at it, but £100,000-a-week is a lot of money.”
Transfer Tavern take
After the disastrous start that Vasilis Barkas has had in a Celtic shirt since his £4.5m move from AEK Athens at the beginning of the season, the Hoops have got nothing to lose by re-signing Forster.
Already proven at Scottish level and with plenty of Premier League acclaim, there is far less uncertainty regarding the 6 foot 6 shot-stopper’s addition to Neil Lennon’s squad than there was with Barkas.
Time will tell whether Bent is right. But moving for Forster would be a good move as they go for ten-in-a-row.
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