Southampton are set to raid Scottish champions Celtic for the second time in as many years as they have had a bid of £10 million accepted for goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
The 26-year-old Englishman is expected to sign a four-year deal with Ronald Koeman’s side and has travelled south to Southampton on Friday evening to finalise personal terms.
Forster will join former Celtic team-mate Victor Wanyama who signed for Southampton last July for £12.5 million and could battle for the Southampton number one jersey with another former Celt, Artur Boruc, although the Polish shot stopper could head out of the English Premier League side sooner rather than later.
While many down south belittle the Scottish game, Forster’s performances in the Champions League for Celtic have propelled him into the England World Cup squad and driven up his price tag since he joined Celtic for £2 million in 2012 from Newcastle United after impressing on loan at Parkhead.
Forster’s departure was inevitable following the signing of former Hearts and Scotland international Craig Gordon this summer, and with the Englishman intimating his desire to play in the English Premier League it was just a case of how much Celtic could get for the shot stopper rather than trying to hold onto him.
Newcastle United will receive a sell on payment for the player reportedly around £2 million.