Premier League Goalkeeper "flattered" by reported interest from Chelsea.
With the reports that Thibaut Courtois will be sold after Antonio Conte has authorised the £50m ...
With the reports that Thibaut Courtois will be sold after Antonio Conte has authorised the £50m sale of the Belgian, Chelsea are now being linked with a move for another giant Premier League Goalkeeper in Southampton's Fraser Forster. After reading reports of our interest, Forster has admitted that he is flattered to be linked with the move.
Forster started his career at Newcastle and after a few loan spells here and there, he made his mark with Norwich as he helped the club win promotion from League One back in 2009-10. The following year he joined Celtic on loan and really began to build his reputation. He signed a permanent contract with Celtic for £2.2m in 2012 and forced his way into the England squad shortly afterwards. He made 197 appearances for the Scottish club in five years and currently holds the record for not conceding a goal for 1,256 minutes.
In August 2014 he signed for Southampton for £10m and remains their first choice goalkeeper having made to this point, 52 appearances. The figure is much lower than expected as he suffered a broken knee cap at the end of March 2015 and only returned to action in January 2016 against Chelsea - Chelsea won 2-1.
Forster has made massive strides in recent years and is a real presence in that penalty box standing at a massive 6ft 7 inches tall. We have seen just how commanding Courtois can be but the Belgian is slight compared to Forsters physique.
I do expect Courtois to leave and believe that Forster would be an ideal signing. It's players such as Forster who need to have a chance at one of the big clubs in the League to really kick on now. He is the biggest challenger to Joe Hart in my opinion and with exposure to high profile games and hopefully, European football in two seasons time.
You would have to imagine that Southampton would want to make a healthy profit on the money they paid Celtic and would look for at least a figure of around £15m in the summer. It also would depend on what Chelsea intend to do with Asmir Begovic who has made it clear that he wants to play regular first team football next season.
What do you think of Forster? Would you look to bring him to Stamford Bridge this summer?