Forster wanted for keeps

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Celtic have made current loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster a transfer priority this January, and want the stopper on a permanent basis.

The giant 6ft 6in goalkeeper, on loan form Newcastle United, is currently enjoying his second spell north of the border at Celtic Park, and is very much the Bhoys number one choice in goal over Lukas Zaluska.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon told BBC Sport: "We are hoping to get his representatives in pretty soon to try and get a deal sorted out."

Forster has come a long way since being handed the number 49 shirt on Tyneside in the 2006/7 season. He is still to make his debut for the Magpies, but has now racked up 50 appearances for the Glasgow giants over his two loan spells in the Scottish city.

Newcastle may be tempted to part with Forster this month, after the impressive form of first-choice Tim Krul, and the summer signature of Rob Elliot from Charlton as back-up, in addition to veteran Steve Harper on the Toon's goalkeeping books.

With Krul aged just 23, fellow 23-year-old Forster had been in direct competition for the future number one jersey at the Sport Direct Arena and it seems the former has won this battle following decisions to loan Forster out.

But the player has adapted well to his Scottish surroundings, and could join Mikael Lustig and Rabiu Ibrahim in making permanent switches to the Hoops in the month of January.

Fraser Forster
Newcastle United

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