Celtic interested in swoop for Vasilis Barkas


Celtic are in the market to sign a goalkeeper this summer and they believe Vasilis Barkas could be their man.

That's according to a report in Greece where Sdna (via Sport Witness) suggests the Hoops are to rival Basel for his signature. 

The stopper is currently at AEK Athens where he's made 26 appearances, conceding just 20 times in the process.

Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond is reportedly a big fan of the 26-year-old with three 'keepers on his shortlist for the transfer window.

The Bhoys are looking at Barkas because of growing uncertainty over whether Fraser Forster will stay at Parkhead beyond the current campaign.

Transfermarkt currently rate Barkas at a pretty bargain fee of just £2.1m.

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

The future of Forster is very much up for debate with the colossal glovesman catching the eye of the Premier League.

He has two years remaining on his current contract at Southampton but the likes of Arsenal are interested in snatching him away to play back-up to Bernd Leno. Chelsea are also keeping an eye on the situation.

Forster has been back in training with Celtic following the break for Coronavirus but as things stand, he'll be hopping back across the border at the conclusion of the month.

If he doesn't return then Barkas would almost be a like for like replacement. Standing just two inches shorter of Forster at 6 foot 5, he is a colossal frame, something Celtic's backline have become accustomed to seeing this season.

The Saints 'keeper's extraordinary reach has saved Neil Lennon's side on numerous occasions and perhaps that's why Hammond is such a big fan of pursuing a similar player.

Barkas' record this term speaks for itself, keeping as many as 13 clean sheets for AEK this term.

He's by far from a household name, but when has that stopped Celtic before? 

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