The will he won’t he return to Newcastle United scenario has been going on for quite a while for Fraser Forster, but if the young goalkeeper does return to the north-east then SPL Champions Celtic might just swoop for Sunderland ‘keeper Craig Gordon instead.
24-year-old Forster is well and truly behind Dutchman Tim Krul in the goalkeeping pecking order at St James’ Park and during his second consecutive season-long loan at Celtic has impressed Bhoys manager Neil Lennon enough for him to make a firm bid.
A permanent transfer of around £2 million is being touted and with Newcastle having tied down Krul to a long-term deal and recruited Rob Elliott as backup ‘keeper earlier this season, Forster is hardly a wanted man at St James’ Park and is unlikely to be in Alan Pardew’s plans going forward.
With two years left on his contract, Newcastle will want to get at least some money for their talented shot stopper, but with Sam Allardyce’s West Ham sniffing around, Forster might just be tempted to move to Upton Park if the Hammers get promoted back into the Premier League.
With West Ham interested, Lennon is understandably keen to get Forster signed up permanently sooner rather than later according to the Scottish Sun and will not want to lose him having spent two years developing Fraser’s talents.
If Forster was to return to Newcastle or move elsewhere south of the border, then the Scottish Sun is also reporting that out of favour Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon is Lennon’s second choice in between the sticks.
Gordon, who signed for Sunderland for £9m back in 2007, is out of contract in the summer and the Scottish international hasn’t made a Premier League appearance this season after a long-term knee injury. While he was on the sidelines Craig has seen Simon Mignolet and Kieran Westwood move ahead of him in Martin O’Neill’s plans.
So as Celtic look ahead to their summer transfer activity, it could well be a case of Newcastle gaining a goalkeeper in Fraser Forster and Sunderland losing one in the form of Craig Gordon.