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Southampton: Dan Sheldon shares Fraser Forster contract twist

Southampton: Dan Sheldon shares Fraser Forster contract twist -Premier League News

The Athletic’s Dan Sheldon has shared big news regarding the future of Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

The Lowdown: Saints’ goalkeeper situation

Both Alex McCarthy and Forster headed into last summer with just 12 months left on their contracts at St Mary’s.

The former agreed fresh terms with the club before the beginning of the campaign, agreeing to a new three-year deal, but the latter was not offered a new contract at that time.

Due to McCarthy suffering a thigh injury in December, Forster has since made 19 appearances in the Premier League this season. A number of these performances received huge plaudits from opposition managers; this includes the likes of Mikel Arteta, who described the 34-year-old’s display against Arsenal last month as “exceptional”.

The Latest: Sheldon shares Forster news…

After a string of fantastic performances, it was rumoured that Forster may have done enough to secure himself a new contract with the club.

However, Sheldon reported for The Athletic that Southampton will inform the 34-year-old that they won’t be extending his stay at St Mary’s.

Taking to Twitter in sharing a link to his corresponding article, Sheldon claimed: “Excl: Southampton intend to sit down with goalkeeper Fraser Forster at the end of the season to inform him he will not receive a new contract.”

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The Verdict: Great free agent up for grabs

Following this news, expect a whole host of Premier League clubs to be making enquiries into signing the former Celtic stopper.

At 6 foot 7 and with six England caps to his name, Forster would be a great addition to many top-flight clubs, either as a backup option or as a number one.

Either way, this will come as a big shock to Saints fans, who may be seeing the 34-year-old line up for the final time in a Southampton shirt against Liverpool tomorrow night.

If, as now seems probable, he is nearing the end of his time at St Mary’s, Forster can hold his head up high over how he has performed in his final season at the club, having been their sixth-best performer this term as per Sofascore.

In other news: Source shares Bright Osayi-Samuel/Saints update


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