Fraser Forster has impressed for Celtic in recent seasons, earning a World Cup call-up…
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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is targeting Celtic and England goalkeeper Fraser Forster as he looks to rebuild the Saints depleted squad.
Forster, 26, began his career with Newcastle United before making the move to Celtic on loan in 2010 – turning the deal permanent two years later.
After impressing at both domestic and European level for the Scottish champions, the Daily Mirror has linked Southampton with a move for the keeper.
The Southampton squad, which finished eighth in the Premier League last season, has already seen star players Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw depart the club for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, while Dejan Lovren is also expected to leave.
Saints fans also saw their manager Mauricio Pochettino depart for Tottenham, and could be forgiven for their concern over their team’s chances heading into next season.
However, new boss Koeman has stepped up his team’s recruitment policy – signing Serbian midfielder Dusan Tadic in a £10.3m move from FC Twente, and targeting the likes of Forster and Sunderland striker Connor Wickham.
Celtic have accepted that they are likely to lose Forster this summer, and have already recruited ex-Sunderland stopper Craig Gordon as a potential replacement.
A bid of around £8m is likely to be enough to bring Forster to St Mary’s stadium, as the second part of a £70m summer rebuild, with the Saints looking to reinvest the money they have received earlier in the transfer window.