There has been a bit of chat this week about Fraser Forster making his loan move to Celtic permanent. While there is a chance this could happen, there are hurdles. Not least is Fraser’s Southampton contract, which is in excess of the £70k per week reported this week.
The keeper is the highest paid player at St Mary’s and will enter the final year of his contract in June. On the positive side, Southampton have made it clear they are keen to get him off their books, but I would temper expectations that Fraser would write-off millions of salary to come to Celtic.
Celtic and Southampton have worked through several transfers in recent seasons, including the loan deal for Mohamed Elyounoussi, so there is a possibility an accommodation on Fraser’s deal could be part of a wider package.
The major unknown is where Southampton will play their football next season and who will be making squad selection decisions. They are currently three points from safety in a Premier League relegation spot. Relegation is likely to increase their appetite to offload players who could not get into the current squad.