Sunderland’s loss could be Newcastle’s gain

Date: 12th April 2012 at 4:21 pm
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Celtic goalkeeper Fraser ForsterThe will he won’t he return to Newcastle United scenario has been going on for quite a while for , but if the young goalkeeper does return to the north-east then SPL Champions Celtic might just swoop for Sunderland ‘keeper 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.


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9 thoughts on “Sunderland’s loss could be Newcastle’s gain

  • mick f
    2 years ago

    It could hardly be a loss for Sunderland when Craig hasn’t played for so long. As for Forster moving permanently to Celtic if Newcastle don’t view him as being good enough to get a place on the bench then why do they keep getting their nickers in a twist when it gets mentioned? I’m guessing it’s just pure old jealousy, yes our league is a Mikey Mouse league but we get to celebrate winning trophies & playing in europe every season. I have read about how his league winners medal was plastic, how would Newcastle know what medals are made of when they haven’t won anything for so long?

    • NoPretender!
      2 years ago

      Plastic medal means he ain’t part of the team & that he don’t deserve it for this reason. celtic havn’t been awarded the trophy, therefore they ain’t got no medals. just a bunch of drunken geordies blowin smoke out their asses after gettin blown by their prized pigeons. nothin to worry about..well atleast when the presentation is over, fraser will hav 1 medal more than the legendary alan shearer…& then…

      • NoPretender!
        2 years ago

        P.S its the only way a geordie will ever get a winners medal…..
        by goin out on loan to a bigger club!
        Hail Hail!

  • Shooglenifty
    2 years ago

    Newcastle United, forever the ugly bridesmaid and never the bride.

    Get used to it folks.

    • OldRossCo
      2 years ago

      It just shows the difference in the esteem he is held in by both sets of fans. I would love him to sign permanently for Celtic.

  • jelly&icecream
    2 years ago

    Hope the big man signs for the hoops cus he has improved so much this season. Newcastle have the best keeper in the epl imo and there would be no point in big FF going back to be a benchwarmer. As for Gordon, great keeper when he is fit but is rarely fit

  • Crìostòir
    2 years ago

    I’ve seen both Fraser Forster and Tim Krul in the SPL now and I can honestly say I’m shocked that Newcastle think Krul is the better of the two. Granted, I understand Forster did not impress during the first team opportunities he got in friendlies, but I don’t think it’s fair to judge him based on that.

    Forster has improved immensely during his time with Celtic and I think the player now when compared to what he was like when he joined he is nigh on unrecognisable.

    Having seen both keepers at SPL level, I honestly think Forster will be Celtic’s gain and Newcastle’s loss. I’m happy that Tim Krul is doing well for himself and wish him all the best but I have no doubt as to who the better keeper is.

  • Kieran
    2 years ago

    I used to like Newcastle until that brainless idiot who writes on Newcastlemad called Nu-Mad started slating Celtic all season.

    Last week he talked about plastic medals?

    When was the last time Newcastle picked up any silverware you buffoon!

    I really hope you see this Nu-mad.

    Back to Forster i’m sure a “big” club like Newcastle will need a top keeper for there so called “assault” on Europe next season.

    After all Newcastle are so well feared on the continent after there heroic intertoto cup and Anglo Italiano cup triumphs.

    If big FF wants to stay with a Championship winning side who have a good European history over a diddy team who only know how to win second tier divisions then he is a smart man after all.

  • AL
    2 years ago

    You have to love the scots… FF will come back to England. You’ll be getting Gay Gordan from the mackums.


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