Former Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has made a very lucrative move to Spurs this summer to become their number two goalkeeper.
Tottenham confirmed the deal on Wednesday morning.
The Club wrote:
We are delighted to announce the transfer of Fraser Forster.
The experienced goalkeeper has signed a contract with us until 2024 and will join the Club on 1 July following the expiration of his contract at Southampton.
Fraser has made 134 Premier League appearances to date, keeping 42 clean sheets having joined Southampton from Celtic in August, 2014.
The England international began his career at Newcastle United before loan spells at Stockport County, Bristol Rovers and Norwich City, where he helped the team secure promotion to the Championship.
In 2010, he joined Celtic on a season-long loan and returned for a second loan spell the year after, a deal which turned permanent in 2012. Featuring numerous times in the UEFA Champions League, Fraser enjoyed a successful period in Scotland, winning three Scottish Premiership titles and two Scottish Cups.
Fraser joined Southampton in 2014 where, in his second season, he scooped the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for February, 2016, following an impressive run of games. In 2016/17, he played a key role in the Saints’ route to the League Cup final, where they would eventually finish as runners-up.
He returned to Celtic with a season-long loan in 2019/20 and as part of a treble-winning side, he lifted a fourth Scottish Premiership title, a third Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup.
On the international stage, Fraser has made six appearances for England and made his debut in November, 2013, with his most recent call-up coming in March, 2022. He was selected to represent England at the 2014 World Cup and two years later he was included in the 23-man squad that travelled to France to compete in the European Championship.
Fraser rocked Celtic as they entered the ten in a row season by originally agreeing to rejoin the Hoops on loan but then changed his mind when he travelled back down to Southampton to have talks.
Celtic would then splash the cash on Vasilis Barkas who was a disaster signing for the hoops. Barkas moving out on loan to Utrecht this week because he has no future at the club.
Fraser was a fantastic goalkeeper for Celtic over his many spells at the club. He came in on loan from Newcastle, then we signed the big man on a permanent basis. After we sold the Englishman to Southampton — as Spurs mention — the player rejoined the club under Neil Lennon and helped the bhoys towards another treble.
He has had decent success since his last loan deal with the club and his deal for Spurs will mean a lucrative contract and residence in London.
English players — especially goalkeepers — can get some really good deals with Premiership clubs as they look to fill their quota of English based talent. Manchester City have signed journeymen goalkeepers in their time like Scott Carson who really are only there to make up the numbers. Fraser will be hoping he sees more game time than Scott. Ironically, Forster takes up a position in the Spurs squad that was filled by Joe Hart until last season.