Fraser Forster is “very keen” on joining Celtic permanently next year, Football Insider understands.
The goalkeeper, 31, has reignited his career since joining the Hoops on a season-long loan from Southampton in August.
A source with knowledge of Forster’s situation has told Football Insider that he has loved being back at Parkhead and playing regularly again after being frozen out at the Saints.
He is “very keen” to move back to Celtic on a full-time basis although his £70,000-a-week wages are a major hurdle to any deal.
Forster has a Southampton contract that runs until 2022 and it means that could be out of reach for the Scottish champions even if he pushes hard for a permanent move.
It’s unlikely he will want to remain at the Saints beyond next summer as he could not even get in their squad for most of last season, and had begun the new campaign as third choice behind Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn.
Celtic took advantage of Forster’s availability to sign him on a season-long loan in August after Scott Bain dislocated his finger.
The 6ft 7in giant was immediately installed as number one after leapfrogging former first choice Craig Gordon.
Forster has made 12 appearances for the Hoops in his second spell at the club, keeping six clean sheets and conceding just nine goals, two of which came in Saturday’s Scottish League Cup semi-final win over Hibernian.
He will soon face strong competition for his place as Scotland number one Bain is on the comeback trail after signing a new four-year contract last week.
In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed the terms of a £5million-plus deal.