Alan Hutton believes a swap deal involving Olivier Ntcham may be the only way that Celtic are going to sign Fraser Forster permanently from Southampton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender suggests the Bhoys could struggle to secure the 32-year-old’s capture without using the French midfielder as a makeweight.
As revealed by Football Insider on Monday, the Hoops are facing an almost impossible task to take Forster back on a permanent basis due to his near-£100,000-a-week wage at Southampton.
This site revealed back in May that the Saints are plotting a bid to sign Ntcham as a replacement for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, with Celtic slapping a £12million price tag on the midfielder’s head.
With the Bhoys and the Saints set for plenty of negotiating during the summer, Hutton believes a part-exchange may be the one and only way Forster joins Celtic permanently.
Asked if the keeper’s wages are making it impossible for the Bhoys to sign him, Hutton told Football Insider: “When you read out the figures, you literally said the word – impossible.
“He’s going to have to take a massive pay cut to go to Celtic. I know he’s spoken about it, how he wants to be involved in 10-in-a-row but sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it.
“It’s the clubs that have to thrash it out – the only thing I can see is if Olivier Ntcham is part of the deal somehow and they can try and work it out that way.
“At the end of the day, he’s got two years left on £90,000-a-week, is he going to get rid of that to play for Celtic? I’m not so sure.”
Forster played 39 times for the Bhoys this season as they won both the Scottish League Cup and the Premiership title.
Ntcham meanwhile featured in just one less match than the shot-stopper, with eight goals and four assists to his name.
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