Joe Hart’s principal rival for the England goalkeeper’s jersey could be handed a major profile boost if rumoured interest in Fraser Forster from Manchester United and Barcelona comes to fruition.
However, with Manchester City also reportedly to begin seriously scouting the Celtic goalie in the near future Forster could be set to gazump him at both club and international level.
City are 3/4 to win to nil against Norwich in their next fixture with or without Hart between the posts.
The Celtic stopper could be available for a fee in the region of £10m according to the Daily Express.
Parkhead chief executive Peter Lawwell and manager Neil Lennon have already suggested that it will impossible to keep hold of a keeper who is interesting so many of Europe’s top clubs.
Lawwell went on to suggest the club would look to sell him if a substantial offer came in and reinvest the money in recruiting another custodian or perhaps a centre-midfielder, with Celtic unable to mix it with potential employers who could triple or quadruple his salary.
City are believed to be mulling over a players plus cash deal for the Englishman.
The Manchester club have been considering bringing in another stopper since before the beginning of the season but Hart’s recent poor form has served to concentrate their thoughts.
According to the Metro the Citizens could gift players on top of the aforementioned fee in order to speed through a deal.
Forster has kept 106 clean sheets in 204 career games across all competitions.
It has been his performances in the Champions League that have brought him to international prominence with the Englishman dubbed as “La Gran Muralla” (the Great Wall) in the Spanish press after his brilliant performances against Barcelona in last season’s competition.
This year’s tournament has once again proved a brightly-lit shop window for the Celtic stopper, with brilliant saves against Barcelona and Ajax further boosting his profile.
Some cynics will point to the fact that his shutout record has been swollen by playing for a side whose utter dominance of their domestic league has only grown since Rangers’ demotion.
However, previous spells at Shrewsbury, Bristol Rovers and Norwich City yielded 25 clean sheets in 53 outings in more competitive divisions.