The interest, being reported in The Mirror, comes after current no.1, Joe Hart, made the latest in a long line of mistakes on Sunday as Manchester City lost to Chelsea.
Despite being classed among the top 5 keepers in the world only last year, Hart’s failed to find the confidence and reliabaility that had, up unitl this season, been a hallmark of his game.
And its not just Manchester City reportedly after is signature. Forster has also garnered interest from Barcelona who are looking at a possible replacement for Victor Valdes, who is set to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season.
Here’s what 5-time nominated Ballon d’Or midfielder, Xavi, had to say about the former Toon man this week:
‘I think the players all know about the Forster interest – and it is a player we know very well,’
‘I can’t say that I watch him every week – but when we have played Celtic he has shown that he is a world-class goalkeeper.
‘From what I have seen he has everything to succeed at a club like Barcelona -and with his Champions League performances for Celtic I am sure there will be more than one big club interested in him.’
The 6ft 7in 25-year-old, who went by the unfortunate nickname of The Honeymonster during his United days, was always liked at St James’ Park. And yet, for a guy of his physiquye, he is incredibly agile.
He spent a year on loan at Norwich City, where he won Player of the Year, then for two seasons was loaned to Celtic before he eventually signed for them for £2m last year.
One year on, and Forster is beginning to foster the attention of some of Europe’s greatest clubs – how the hell have we let him slip through the net?!
Tim Krul is the answer. And although Newcastle are very lucky to have him, you have to beg the question; why did we sell him when we did?
Thibault Courtois is enjoying his third spel in Spain with Atheltico Madrid, and yet Chelsea have no intention to sell him. Seen as a direct replaceemnt to Petr Cech, it seems feasable to allow him to stay in Spain until the time is right.
It just seems like a real case of wasted potential for the club. Neil Lennon has said he is resigned to the fact that Fraser will be leaving if not in January, by next September. And I can’t imagine a reunion with Newcastle will be at the top of his wishlist.
What do you think? Were the club none-the-wiser? Or should we have shown more shopwed more restraint in dealing with his departure.
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