Let’s start with Fraser Forster, who has been on loan at Celtic for the past two seasons. The Scottish Sun is reporting that a £2 million deal is almost done and dusted, despite late interest coming from QPR and West Ham.
His representative Mark Curtis has been quoted as saying: “I will call [Celtic chief] Peter Lawwell and arrange a time to meet and try to finish things off – we need to. Fraser’s been away but I spoke to him and know where we need to be. I will now arrange to meet Peter. Other clubs are not in his mind. Does he want to stay at Celtic? Yes.”
It’s a bit of a shame that Forster has no future at Newcastle, but with Tim Krul ahead of him in the pecking order, the 24-year-old isn’t going to get any game time on Tyneside any time soon.
Then there’s Leon Best, who came close to joining Celtic in January and a permanent move to the Bhoys could be in the offing this summer.
A source close to Best told the Evening Chronicle: “Leon had the chance to go last January, but chose to stay on. He’s expecting opportunities to go again this summer, but will wait to see what happens.”
Celtic are thought to be one of those opportunities, but it isn’t a forgone conclusion that Best will leave, as the source further stated: “He [Best] likes it at Newcastle and wouldn’t have a problem staying on.”
Best is entering the final year of his contract with Newcastle and like Forster is thought to be available for around £2 million as Celtic look for firepower for their Champions League campaign.
For my money, if these two deals go ahead Celtic will be getting two decent Newcastle United players for less than £5 million, which is very good business.
Here’s EVERY Newcastle Premier League goal from last season, including a couple from Best…