Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster has reportedly rejected a new deal and revised terms with the club.
This is according to a report from the Scottish Sun, who claim that Saints want Forster to agree on a reduced wage to stay on. The 33-year-old is said to be one of the highest earners at Saints having signed a lucrative deal back in 2017.
The lack of an agreement between the two parties could encourage a fresh approach from Celtic for Forster. The Scottish Sun reported last week that the Hoops were keen to take the 6ft 7in shot-stopper back to Glasgow.
Forster was a fan’s favourite in Scotland having had four separate spells with Celtic in the past.
Ings-style situation lying ahead for Southampton and Forster?
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If Saints and Forster remain firm on their respective stances, Saints could look to copy their current approach with Danny Ings.
Ings, like Forster, has a contract that expires next summer and it is still a possibility that he will move on. However, Saints will keep him if they do not get an offer that is acceptable in their eyes, meaning that Ings will stay at the club for 2021/22 and potentially beyond if a Champions League clubs is not willing to make a significant commitment towards him.
Having Ings as part of this season’s squad will prove just as valuable as a £20-30m transfer, and a similar view could be taken on Forster.
Alex McCarthy was the number 1 for much of 2020/21 but Forster was needed to fill in at times and both players pushed each other for a starting berth towards the end of the campaign.
Retaining Forster would keep some stability to things and Saints could benefit from his improved displays since coming back to the club, but perhaps the club will look to the future next summer if a younger option that would fit in well if available to them.