Revealed: Door opens for Celtic to sign Forster for bargain fee after Southampton reveal

Southampton are set to cash in on some of their fringe players this summer which could open the door for Celtic to land Fraser Forster for a knockdown fee, Football Insider understands.

The Saints announced last week they had become the first Premier League club to defer part of their wages because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A Southampton source has told Football Insider that internal discussions have taken place among club chiefs about a need for far cashing in on some stars due to the changed economics in football.

Forster, 32, is among those who was not in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans but had seen his valuation soar before the suspension last month.

The goalkeeper has reignited his career during his second spell at Parkhead after being frozen out for 18 months at the Saints.

A permanent move to Celtic had appeared unlikely as his Saints contract is worth £70,000-a-week and runs until 2022.

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But transfer fees are set to crash and cash-strapped clubs likely to let players go for significantly reduced fees as they look to stem losses.

That could allow Celtic to make a bargain move for Forster even if his current salary is way outside of their range.

He is unlikely to want to stay at St Mary’s Stadium unless he is the number one, a position that had been held held by Alex McCarthy, 30, while the club have high hopes for Angus Gunn, 23.

Forster has made 39 appearances for the Hoops since his return, keeping 17 clean sheets and conceding just 28 goals.

His grip on the number one jersey had been iron-tight despite the return to fitness of Scott Bain, and the presence of triple treble winner Craig Gordon.

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