Celtic are planning a fresh deal for Newcastle stopper Fraser Forster, after they had their £1.5 million bid turned down for the 23-year-old, according to the Northern Echo.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon admitted yesterday that the Socttish outift’s bid for Forster was turned down by the Toon, telling reporters: “We had a bid for Fraser and it was rejected by Newcastle. We intend to go back on that later.”
But Lennon is reportedly hopeful of taking Forster from Newcastle to Celtic before the side head to Australia for their pre-season tour, and is hastily meeting with management to work out just how much extra money can be offered to seal the deal for the keeper.
Alan Padrew will be a hard man to convince to sell Forster, with the Newcastle manager clearly working in the direction of building a younger squad full of long term potential. And after Foster kept 24 clean sheets during his loan spell at Celtic, Newcastle will need to be offered a decent sum to part with the starlet, who is still relatively young in goalkeeping terms.
But Celtic won’t be giving up the fight for Forster just yet, with the club hoping that a higher bid might tempt Pardew into investing the money into another area of the squad, or a keeper with Barclays Premier League experience.