Fraser Forster to Southampton: Latest Transfer Details, Comments and Reaction

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2014

Celtic's goalkeeper Fraser Forster is seen during their Scottish Premier League soccer match against Rangers at Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland, Sunday, March 25, 2012.(AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Southampton had been rumoured to be close to landing a transfer for Fraser Forster for days now, and on Saturday, the club officially announced they had signed the goalkeeper to a four-year contract.

The news was announced via the Saints' Twitter account:  

New club manager Ronald Koeman commented on the signing of the former Celtic stopper in a statement on Southampton's website:

Fraser is a very talented player and we are delighted to be able to bring him to Southampton. This is another important part of our rebuilding process ahead of the start of the season.The fact that he has worked with Dave Watson before means we already know all about his strengths and weaknesses, and I am confident that we will be able to help him improve even further.

Fraser is the perfect fit to help complement the players we already have, and he will add a lot of quality to the squad. 

According to The Sun, the Saints will pay £10 million for the goalkeepers' services:

The 26-year-old joined Celtic on loan from Newcastle in 2010 before making the move permanent in 2012, and the England international quickly established himself as one of the premier stoppers playing on British soil.

His performances against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League in particular enhanced his reputation as one of the best up-and-coming keepers in English football, sparking plenty of transfer rumours in the past 12 months.

Southampton have had a very busy summer transfer window so far, but the club has mainly seen players leave rather than arrive. The sales of players like Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren gave Koeman a strong budget to make new signings, and the Dutchman seems to have decided to invest those funds with an eye on the future.

Looking at the signings so far, the Press Association's Simon Peach thinks the Saints have done a good job replacing some of the stars that departed the club in 2014:

Journalist Rafael Hernandez also liked the move:

Forster will bring Champions League experience to a squad that saw a number of its on-pitch leaders depart over the summer, and at the age of 26, he presents the Saints with the perfect blend of experience and youth.

Regular starter Artur Boruc is still a capable goalkeeper in his own right, but the Polish international turned 34 in 2014 and started showing his age in the second part of last season.

Forster will definitely provide the Saints with an upgrade, and at £10 million, he provides excellent value for a club looking to rebuild following the exodus that was the summer of 2014.