Southampton want at least £5m for goalkeeper Fraser Forster if Celtic are to sign him on a permanent basis, The Scottish Sun reports tonight.
The paper says any deal is now looking unlikely and that last season’s number one is almost certainly not going to be staying in Scotland.
Citing Southampton sources, the report states that indications are strong Forster will be training on the south coast and getting an opportunity to impress Ralph Hasenhuttl.
STV journalist Raman Bhardwaj has also reported tonight on Twitter that La Gran Muralla to Celtic isn’t happening.
From what I hear, and as things stand, Fraser Forster to Celtic ain’t happening. Keeper held talks with Southampton today. Issue over permanent/loan deal a factor.
— Raman Bhardwaj (@STVRaman_) June 30, 2020
Obviously this is news that no Celtic fan wants to hear, especially after such a positive day that has involved the extension of Mohamed Elyounoussi’s loan, the announcement of a new retail partnership and a sneak peek at the club’s new training gear.
The towering Englishman was exceptional last season, pulling off a string of fantastic saves in big matches, most notably against Lazio and Rangers.
We will likely hold out hope of a Forster return throughout the summer but it appears he won’t be at Lennoxtown with his Celtic teammates anytime soon, ahead of the season kicking off in August.
That leaves Scott Bain as the only recognised senior goalkeeper at the club after the departure of Craig Gordon.
Neil Lennon can also call upon 22-year-old Conor Hazard but he has no top-flight experience in Scotland, playing all of his loan matches in the Scottish Championship.
Fingers crossed that Celtic can still pull something out of the bag with regards to Forster over the next couple of months.