Former Coventry City and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has been discussing the latest transfer news around Celtic, namely the prospect of a deal involving Fraser Forster and Olivier Ntcham.
Football Insider reported that English Premier League side Southampton are interested in the French midfielder, whilst it has also been reported that the Hoops want current loanee Forster to be signed on a permanent deal from the Saints in the summer. This has prompted Whelan to talk about a deal which works out for both sides.
Is a swap deal a good idea?
Speaking to Football Insider about the idea of a swap deal between the two teams, Whelan said, “I think that would be a good deal. Forster has had a fantastic time up there. You could see how important and influential he was to Celtic last season. It is very difficult to find goalkeepers like Forster. There are not many out there who have that experience and that presence but he is one of them.
“I would be open to that swap deal. It is crucial that Celtic cover that base. I am sure there are plenty of Premier League clubs that have seen his performances last season. I even think he was close to an England call up again.
“It is also clear that he loves the club.”
It is hard to disagree with Whelan here. Ntcham has wanted to move on for some time now and this has prompted Neil Lennon to not use him as a consistent starter this campaign, whereas Forster has been crucial to the side.
The 32 year-old goalkeeper has performed brilliantly since his return to Parkhead, playing 28 games and keeping 14 clean sheets, whilst only conceding 17 goals, via Transfermarkt. His performances have had many of the club’s fans begging for him to stay and his statistics highlight why they have loved him so much this campaign.
If he were to leave, it would be a huge challenge to replace him, and Whelan is right in thinking that it is a crucial position that the club need to sort in the summer.
Therefore, a swap deal looks like a win-win for all parties and the Hoops should definitely look at the prospect of Forster being involved in any cash deal so that they can get some money for Ntcham, as well as securing a player who they know will strengthen the squad in their bid to win a 10th successive league title next season.
Hoops fans, do you agree with Whelan’s recommendation of a swap deal of sorts between Ntcham and Forster? Comment below with your views!
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