By Paul Blakeman

Southampton’s most-expensive ever goalkeeper Fraser Forster is set to offer his services on loan elsewhere this season as Alex McCarthy’s form and this summer’s arrival of Angus Gunn from Manchester City has seen the English shot-stopper fall to third in the pecking order.

Due to the Premier League’s early transfer window closure, the Saints keeper would have to move abroad or to a team in the lower divisions, but manager Mark Hughes has said he willing to listen to offers.

“If it’s a good option, a viable option for him, then he would probably take it because he wants to play,” he Southampton boss told Sky Sports.

“He’s clearly a little bit frustrated, we’ll just have to wait and see.

“If it’s not the right club for him, or the right country, or the right level, then as a manager I’m quite happy to have three outstanding keepers. We’re all a little bit selfish.”

Despite starting 20 league games for Southampton in the 2017-18 campaign, Forster lost his place following a boxing day defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur and was relegated to the bench for the rest of the campaign.

The Saints start at home to Burnley on Sunday as they look to improve on last season’s dismal league performance.

Southampton were one point above the relegation places when the Welshman took over at St. Mary’s in March last year.

Two wins in the last nine games was enough to see the Saints stay up on the final day despite losing to champions Manchester City, and fans will be hoping their team can return to the top eight where they had spent the previous four seasons.

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