Barcelona star wants Fraser Forster at the Nou Camp

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Xavi Hernandez has sensationally backed Celtic 'keeper Fraser Forster to move to Barcelona, according to the Metro.

The 25-year-old shot stopper has made great strides in recent months, and is now not only tipped to replace the faltering Joe Hart as England No.1, but could also grab Victor Valdes' current spot at the Nou Camp.

Valdes is set to leave Barcelona in the summer, which has instigated the Catalans to begin their search for a new 'keeper.

A number of names have been linked the position, including that of Pepe Reina, Manchester United's David de Gea and Borussia Monchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

However it now looks as though Forster may pip his rivals and move to the Spanish giants in the summer, and the former Newcastle 'keeper has been publicly backed by Barca great Xavi.

"I think the players all know about the Forster interest – and it is a player we know very well," said the 33-year-old.

"I can’t say that I watch him every week – but when we have played Celtic he has shown that he is a world-class goalkeeper.

"From what I have seen he has everything to succeed at a club like Barcelona – and with his Champions League performances for Celtic I am sure there will be more than one big club interested in him."

Xavi's comments follow Barca's denial that they have agreed a move with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, despite reports yesterday suggesting he would move.

Forster has yet to make his full England debut, but could get his first start in the upcoming friendly against Chile.  

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