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Benfica Interested In Celtic Keeper Fraser Forster

Portuguese giants side look to lure Parkhead custodian to Lisbon.

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Portuguese giants Benfica are the latest club reportedly chasing Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster according to the Daily Record.

The 25-year-old Englishman was one of the stars of the Hoops Champions League run last season with a string of fine performances and Benfica manager Jorge Jesus watched Forster when his team faced them and was reportedly impressed.

Jesus is now eager to bring the stop-stopper to Portuguese side but he faces a battle with the Parkhead outfit who are determined not to sell any more of their established star this summer.

Neil Lennon has already seen Gary Hooper, Kelvin Wilson and Victor Wanyama depart the SPL champions during the current transfer window and he will be resolute in keeping the former Newcastle United keeper at the club.

Forster, who has also been linked with a move to replace Simon Mignolet at Sunderland, still has three years on his current contract at Celtic Park and that could see Lennon’s side demanding a transfer fee in excess of £6million.

He was overlooked by Roy Hodgson for England’s squad for the friendly against Scotland as he seeks his first senior cap for his country having broken into the squad last summer and a move to the Europa League finalists could help his future prospects.

Meanwhile, Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason who has been targeted by the Scottish club as a replacement for Hooper, last night spoke of different offers.

The hitman is thought be wanted by Augsburg, Werder Bremen, Lazio and the Hoops.

He said: “There are offers but the club haven’t told me they’ve been accepted.”


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