Newcastle Sell On Clause Close To Activating
Southampton have been actively chasing the signature of Fraser Forster and having had an offer turned down that was described as ‘derisory’ by Celtic, they are said to have now come back with an acceptable bid which could be as high as £10m.
It is now widely reported that Celtic have agreed to sell the keeper, with it very much looking like Forster had done a deal with the Scottish club to try and get them through a very tricky Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw, before returning to England.
Despite being hammered 6-1 on aggregate by the Polish club, an amazing stroke of luck has come Celtic’s way with progress to the next round due to an ineligible player appearing for the opposition. While Celtic still have a further qualifier to get through against Maribor, with the season starting in eight days time Forster has to move now if he’s to link up with a new club in time for the Premier League kick-off.
Playing a starring role both domestically and in Europe for Celtic, Forster was in Brazil as part of the England set-up, leaving the fee of around £2m Newcastle received only two years ago look pretty feeble.
Speculation as to whether there was a sell on clause inserted when Celtic bought the goalkeeper, has occasionally circulated, and now it is widely reported that Newcastle would be in line to receive 25% of any profit the Scottish club make on any deal for Fraser Forster.
I still think that even if Newcastle end up making £4m it will still be on the low side for a Geordie keeper who looks to have so much potential.
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