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‘Price him out of a deal’ – Celtic transfer attempts explained by ex-pro

Paul Robinson has launched an attack on Southampton over the way he believes they are pricing Celtic out of a move for Fraser Forster.

The Saints stopper has been on loan with the Bhoys for the term just completed, in a period where the former England custodian has found his best form again, and now looks like the goalkeeper that earned international honours in the past.

Celtic are keen to keep hold of the 32-year-old, who seems happy to remain in Glasgow, but all parties appear quite some way apart from any deal taking place.

One reason for that is because Southampton are looking to recoup a relatively big return for the former Newcastle United man, a price which could see the Bhoys forced out of any move.

Robinson is not impressed with the Saints’ stance though, and has backed the Celtic corner as he launched an attack on the Hampshire club.

“Southampton have unfairly price him out of a deal at the moment,” Football Insider quotes him as saying.

“We are talking about a player who has not been anywhere near the first team squad in 12-18 months. He was surplus to requirements.

“He has gone to Celtic and rejuvenated his career and now looks like a top class goalkeeper again.”

There is no doubt that Forster has regained his confidence in his second spell at the Bhoys, but that could well have been his final one at Celtic Park, as Southampton are said to be looking for £10 million for their stopper, a price that most would think is steep for someone so deep into his career.

Were Celtic to agree a fee with the Saints, they would then have the problem of putting a financial package together that interests the goalkeeper, who is believed to be earning £70,000 per week at the St Mary’s Stadium, rendering any move unlikely at this stage.

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