Southampton Manager Confirms Impending Transfer From Celtic

Saints set to sign Fraser Forster.

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Southampton look set to complete the signing of England international goalkeeper Fraser Forster from Celtic, with the Mail reporting that the Saints’ manager, Ronald Koeman, has confirmed that the player has had a medical at St. Mary’s.

Forster, who was England’s third choice goalkeeper at the World Cup behind Joe Hart and Ben Foster, will become Koeman’s third major signing as manager of Southampton, following the arrivals of winger Dusan Tadic and striker Graziano Pelle from the Eredivise.

It was his new Italian striker Pelle who settled this afternoon’s final pre-season friendly against Bayer Leverkusen – albeit not in the way he would like, with Pelle’s own goal the only thing separating the teams.

It is also unclear whether Celtic’s Champions League reprieve will affect the situation, with the SPL champions now set to play Slovenian side Maribor in the play-off round despite a 6-1 aggregate defeat to Legia Warsaw, with the Polish side having fielded an ineligible player in the second leg at Murrayfield.

Clearly in talkative mood, Koeman also confirmed that the Saints have seen a bid turned down for Leeds United’s talented young right back Sam Byram, with around £4.5m believed to have been offered for the 20 year-old.

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