Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has agreed to personal terms and will be joining Southampton after both clubs agreed on a fee of £10million for the player.
The transfer will be final once the England international passes a medical with the Premier League side.
Newcastle United, Forster’s former club, will receive of portion of the transfer fee (25%), with Celtic having paid £2 million for the player in July 2012 following his two seasons on loan with the Magpies.
The 6’7″ goalkeeper will forever be remembered by Celtic supporters for his standout European performances, most notably against Barcelona in the group stages of the 2012-13 tournament. It was during those matches that the Spanish media branded the colossal shot stopper “La Gran Muralla” (The Great Wall).
Forster will be Southampton’s fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Ryan Bertand, Saphir Taider, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle.
Of course the St Mary’s club has seen the departures of England internationals: Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw; as well as Croatia international Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers.
Saints boss Ronaldo Koeman has vowed to keep the rest of the squad intact at St Mary’s, despite the grumblings from unsettled midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin who wants a move to Tottenham Hotspur. And Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has pledged to spend “every penny” of the club’s summer sales to help rebuild the team before the transfer window closes.
To this point, Southampton summer sales have totaled £92 million.