Southampton in £7.5 million bid for Fraser Forster

Southampton have launched a £7.5 million move for Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, it was reported today.

Glittering performances in Europe as well as domestically have made Fraser Forster a desirable target for several clubs. Picture: TSPL

The Sun have reported that the English Premier League side have opened talks to sign the England international. It is thought the club were urged to make a move for the player by the appointment of new goalkeeping coach Dave Watson, who worked with Forster at international level and is said to be a huge fan of the player.

It is believed however, that Southampton’s present valuation is too low for the Parkhead club, who rate Forster at £9 million minimum. Celtic will also have the 25 per cent sell on clause they agreed in mind, after they bought the striker from Newcastle for £2 million in 2012.

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Money shouldn’t be a concern though as Saints manager Ronald Koeman has a large warchest due to the sales of Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. Koeman is also reported to be interested in signing Celtic’s centre back Virgil Van Dijk though there has been no word on any bids.