Former Blackburn and Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Fraser Forster making his move to Celtic Park permanent would be a wise move for both clubs.
In an interview with the Football Insider, Robinson suggested that the 31-year-old, who has had multiple spells at the club, wouldn’t cost the £25million price tag Southampton labelled him with.
The Hoops sold the Newcastle academy graduate to the Saints for £10million back in 2014 as he went on to make over 100 appearances for the Premier League side.
Robinson has made the claim that they would be lucky to get that £10 million back:
Southampton have made it clear that they don’t want him.
So I think it would be harsh on him if they put that kind of price tag on him.
And with him surplus to requirements if they can get anywhere near to getting their money back plus his wages, as they won’t want to keep paying him his wages, that would be good.
So it has to be a deal that works for both and I don’t see how they can demand that much for him.
And I think there will be a deal that’s achievable for both parties and both will be looking to complete that, and they’d be wise to at the moment.
The main reason a deal would be off the cards would be his wage requirements, with him having two-and-a-half years left on his £70,000 a week contract.
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Robinson’s point emulates that of Alan Hutton’s which is that Southampton really need to start making some sense.
Forster made one Premier League appearance for them last season and is never going to match the £25m they’re asking for, regardless of him potentially making the England squad due to form.
Everyone at the club seems to be a fan of the Englishman and wants a deal to surface, and as we get closer to January we see Southampton’s desperate need for quality in their squad.
£8-10 million would be sufficient enough for the Saints to invest some money into their squad for a player who is very unlikely to put a jersey back on for the south coast side again.