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Benfica ready to bid for Celtic's Fraser Forster

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Benfica will turn their eye to Celtic's Fraser Forster as they look for potential replacements for Jan Oblak.

The Slovenian goalkeeper looks set to join Atletico Madrid and The Daily Record claim Benfica are ready to make a £6million bid to lure Forster to Portugal as his replacement.

Long term interest

Last summer Celtic accused the Portuguese giants of tapping up Forster but the England goalkeeper remained in Scotland and lifted another title.

However, with Oblak likely to leave the Estadio da Luz, Benfica are in need of goalkeeping reinforcements and they could make a concrete offer for the 6ft 7inch stopper.

With The Daily Record suggesting Atletico Madrid will pay £18million for Oblak's services, Benfica have plenty of money to spend on a replacement, and Forster could be their man.

Celtic career

The former Newcastle goalkeeper has impressed during his four years in Glasgow, and it's his Champions League performances which are likely to have convinced Jorge Jesus to follow up his interest.

Forster originally joined Celtic on a temporary basis in 2010, but after two seasons on loan at the Scottish giants he sealed a permanent deal in 2012 and hasn't looked back since.

During his time in Scotland the 26-year-old has won three league titles, picked up Celtic's player of the year award in both of the last two seasons and excelled against Europe's elite - his most notable performances coming against a star-studded Barcelona side.

Since joining the club permanently Forster has regularly been named in Roy Hodgson's England squad, and although he has only managed to earn two caps he was included in the 23-man-squad that travelled to Brazil this summer.

Benfica rebuilding

Surprisingly agile for a man of his size, Forster's Champions League experience would make him a sensible signing for a Benfica side who look like losing a number of key members from last season's treble winning squad.

Ezequiel Garay has already completed a move to Zenit and speculation continues to link Nicolas Gaitan with a move away from Lisbon.

The acquisition of Forster would provide a huge boost to a team looking to win back-to-back league titles for the first time since the early 1980's. Benfica's interest in the shot-stopper comes as no surprise with former boss Neil Lennon having previously said: "A huge club will come in and make a huge bid."

With Forster under contract until 2016 it will take a large offer to convince Celtic to part ways with their number one, although new boss Ronny Deila has already added to the goalkeeping department since his arrival.

Craig Gordon, who became the most expensive goalkeeper in British football when he joined Sunderland for £9million in 2007, has signed on a free transfer after two years without a club.The 31-year-old has been capped 40 times by Scotland and having recovered from a number of serious knee injuries was expected to provide back-up to Forster but he could now find himself as first choice.

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