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Southampton fail in bid to bring England WC goalie back to Premier League

Jul 22, 2014, 6:24 PM EST

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The advanced statistics say Artur Boruc was not a poor goalkeeper for Southampton last year, but that hasn’t stopped the Saints from searching for another goalkeeper.

And with the quality that’s left St. Mary’s this offseason, Southampton may want to consider using two keepers.

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The BBC is reporting that Southampton looked north of the English border in an attempt to bring former Newcastle United goalkeeper and current Celtic No. 1 Fraser Forster to town.

Their bid was turned down, and even mocked:

Sources close to the Scottish champions say they do not want to sell the 26-year-old and describe the offer from St Mary’s as “derisory”.

They added that the bid was well below the widely reported £7.5m figure.

Forster’s form over the past two seasons, particularly in the Champions League, won him a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.

Capped twice, Forster was the only player not to feature as England failed to progress beyond the group stage in Brazil.

Forster broke the Scottish league record for minutes without conceding a goal last season.

It would take a great deal of money to pry Forster away from Celtic, who advanced into the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League with another win over Reykjavik earlier Tuesday. Forster lost out on a battle with Tim Krul at Newcastle.

Boruc, 34, is also a former Celtic goalkeeper (one who had really had fun with The Old Firm rivalry, to the point where the Vatican got involved). He’s under contract through next season

  1. gla1967 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    £7.5m? Utter joke. Throw in Boruc, and you’ve got a deal. Otherwise, think again.

    • judgereed - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:31 AM

      Yes its an absolute slap in the face to the Hoops… Forster was absolutely brilliant last season. He could see substantially more for him, and the Hoops better not sell him unless its absolute top dollar!! We still need to get a true striker, Commons was absolutely amazing last year scoring a ton of goals but there is a definite lack at striker since Hooper left!

      • gla1967 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Agree completely – we do need a true penalty box striker. Playing Griffiths through the middle might help a bit, but not much. Too many balls go flying across the six yard box, with no one to finish them (Hooper would have done so). I think if we make the group stages, we might sign one or two players. not holding my breath, though!

  2. acorp11 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Forster is coming home if/when the Mags sell Krul, don’t waste your time Saints.

  3. bellerophon30 - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    This is good news for Cody Cropper at least. As for Forster, I imagine the pay is better as a Celtic starter rather than a Southampton second stringer.

  4. gla1967 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    I don’t think he’d be a second stringer at Southampton – and he wouldn’t want to be. Boruc will be gone. Even if he was second string, his wages would probably be higher than his wages at Celtic. He will leave Celtic sooner rather than later. He loves the club, but he wants to challenge Joe Hart, and gaining experience in the EPL is the only way to do that.

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