Southampton transfer news: Gigantic 6-cap international now expected to leave Saints


Journalist Tom Barclay reckons that Fraser Forster is more likely to leave Southampton next summer than Alex McCarthy.

Forster and McCarthy are out of contract at St Mary’s in 2022, although the former is the current number one, whilst Forster, capped six times by England, has played just nine Premier League games in the best part of four years, although one of those was spent on loan at Celtic.

What’s the latest news with both?

Southampton have been linked with another English shotstopper in West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, which wouldn’t appear great news for either.

However, McCarthy has played every minute in the league this season and has generally been Ralph Hasenhuttl’s preferred choice during his three years on the South Coast.

But McCarthy has made mistakes over the years, whilst Forster hasn’t been able to produce his best form since he was dropped by Mauricio Pellegrino just after Christmas back in 2017, although his chances have been extremely limited.



With that in mind, it doesn’t come as a great surprise that both of their respective contracts expire in the summer, although you’d imagine that one of the two will remain at the club, even if Johnstone or another keeper does move to St Mary’s.

When asked about their individual situations, Barclay was very confident that Forster, who’s 6ft7, would be first out of the door.

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What did Barclay say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think one of them will leave and I would put money on it being Forster over McCarthy.”

Has Forster done enough to warrant a new contract?

Overall, Forster has been a decent servant for Southampton and those first couple of seasons when he played a part in the team qualifying for Europe two years on the bounce won’t be forgotten.

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But as mentioned above, since dropping out of the team under Pellegrino, Forster simply hasn’t been able to recover and has been a number two at best.

One season in particular back in 2018-2019, Forster played just 90 minutes in the first-team and was behind McCarthy and Angus Gunn and therefore was hardly even named on the bench.

With that in mind, and Forster at an age where he’ll still back himself to play at a good level, it’s best for both parties if he moves on.

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