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Barcelona eye Forster as Valdes replacement as England comes calling

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Pic: Mark Davison/Actionplus

Pic: Mark Davison/Actionplus

Barcelona are reportedly keen on signing Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, according to Catalan daily newspaper Sport. With the Englishman impressing against Barcelona in recent Champions League ties and with Victor Valdes stating his desire to leave the Nou Camp once his contract ends at the end of this season, the Catalan giants are in need of a new shotstopper.

The back up keeper Jose Manuel Pinto will also see his contract run out at the end of this season, but with Forster contracted to Celtic until 2016 Barcelona will have to part with a sizeable transfer fee for the keeper as the Glasgow side value the Geordie at around £10 million.

Forster joined Celtic in 2012 from Newcastle United after having two successful loan deals with the Scottish champions.

Meanwhile, thanks to his heroics on Tuesday night against Barcelona, Forster has received an England call-up for the double-header against Montenegro and Poland. But despite high-profile gaffes from present number one Joe Hart, Forster’s chances of taking the number one jersey from the Manchester City keeper have been dashed by manager Roy Hodgson.

Speaking at the squad announcement, Hodgson said: “As far as I’m concerned, Joe Hart is my number one. He has never let me down.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon took to twitter to congratulate his keeper, he tweeted: “Delighted to see Fraser in the squad, great recognition for him and Celtic.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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