According to recent reports, Celtic have been dealt a huge blow to their chances of landing Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the January transfer window.
The report by the Glasgow Times states that a deal to bring Forster, who has been both a loan and a permanent signing for Celtic in the past, back to Parkhead was Neil Lennon’s ‘preference’ last summer, however, the £4.05 million-rated ‘keeper decided that he would like to remain with Southampton.
It is then stated that the club could once again be keen on a move for the shot-stopper in the January transfer window, something which appeared to be on the cards as the 32-year-old has yet to play a minute of football for Southampton this season.
However, following Saints’ first-choice goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy, testing positive for the viral pandemic, it would appear that Forster is in line to make his first appearance of the season in Monday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool, with Ralph Hasenhuttl praising the way Forster has ‘changed his game‘ over the past few months.
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With Forster now appearing back in the frame at Southampton, it would indeed seem to rule out any move Celtic may have planned for the ‘keeper, who has been described previously by Scott Bain as ‘fantastic‘, in January.
However, with Celtic boss Lennon claiming that he is not looking to strengthen in the goalkeeping position in January, it is questionable as to whether the club’s reported interest had any weight in the first place.
In other Celtic news, the club have received a transfer boost as they aim to bring ‘excellent’ talent to Parkhead this month, find out more here!
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