By Darren Bent

14th Nov, 2020 | 1:54pm

'£100K-a-wk is a lot of money' - Exclusive: Bent on blockbuster Celtic January update

Darren Bent has claimed Celtic might regret not “biting the bullet” by signing goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England and Tottenham striker heaped praise on the 32-year-old and suggested he was underrated.

This site revealed earlier this week that the prospect of the Hoops making a fresh move for Forster looks unlikely partly due to his £100,000-a-week wage demands.

The six-capped England international spent last season on loan at Parkhead and kept 17 clean sheets in 39 games as the Bhoys secured their ninth consecutive Scottish Premiership title.

After he returned to Southampton in the summer, Neil Lennon brought in Vasilis Barkas as his replacement.

However, the Greece international has been left on the bench since returning from a back injury last month.

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The Hoops have not kept a clean sheet in the league since the beginning of October and Bent has suggested they may regret not re-signing Forster.

He told Football Insider“He’s on a lot of money. They might end up biting the bullet.

“He’s always been a good goalkeeper, I’ve always liked him, and he’s always quite impressed me.

“He seems to be one of those goalkeepers who, I wouldn’t say goes under the radar but people don’t really speak about him as much as they do others.

“Potentially Celtic might have another look at it, but £100,000-a-week is a lot of money.”

Forster has kept 118 clean sheets in 236 games as a Celtic player across various spells on loan from Newcastle United and Southampton as well as two seasons as a permanent Hoops player.

He is currently second choice at St. Mary’s behind Alex McCarthy and is yet to feature at all this term.

In other Celtic news, Frank McAvennie has tipped the Hoops to sign a “superb” player before Christmas after Scott Brown talks.