Celtic’s quest to bring Fraser Forster back to Glasgow is not completely dead, The Scottish Sun reports.
The paper says that while the move ‘hangs by a thread’ and that Celtic are moving on to other targets, Forster would be willing make a switch to the Scottish champions on a permanent basis.
Intriguingly, a Celtic source has provided quotes to the outlet that suggest the club are willing to pay a big salary to the Englishman if a fee can be agreed with Southampton.
The Hoops insider told The Scottish Sun: “The club had agreed a season-long loan deal with Southampton with an option to buy. This wasn’t about money — there was also every desire to push the boat out on personal terms.
“He has an extremely lucrative contract at Southampton. Fraser had also indicated he was happy to stay at Celtic. But Fraser’s had a conversation with the Southampton manager and has decided to fight for his place and not to return.”
Later, the report states there is a belief that Neil Lennon is still hoping a deal can be achieved, even if the club are pursuing alternatives.
From a distance, it seems to me that Southampton and Celtic reached an impasse in negotiations but that future dialogue could still happen.
It would make sense for Celtic to look at other options in the meantime, even if they intend on going back to the English Premier League outfit with a new offer.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t expect Forster to be paraded in a Celtic jersey anytime soon.
It’s more that these things can develop quickly either way and a decision could be made on the goalkeeper’s future that would benefit the Hoops.
Ultimately Celtic choosing to quickly bring another ‘keeper into the club could be the best move, rather than wait on the Saints man.
The season start date is looming and Scott Bain is the only recognised senior goalkeeper in the squad.