Tottenham complete the signing of Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster
Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of goalkeeper Fraser Forster from Southampton on a free transfer.
Spurs confirmed the acquisition of the 34-year-old across the club’s social media platforms. Forster becomes the second player to join Hotspur Way this summer following the arrival of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Fraser Forster.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 8, 2022
Welcome to Spurs, Fraser! 💙
According to renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano, the goalkeeper has signed a two-year deal. Forster is expected to be the new backup goalkeeper to club captain Hugo Lloris who at 35 isn’t getting any younger.
This comes following the departure of Pierluigi Gollini, who has returned to Atalanta following the completion of his loan. Spurs had the option to make the Italian’s deal permanent but opted against doing so.
Forster made a name for himself at Celtic, earning plaudits for his performances, especially in the Champions League. The crowning moment of his career arrived when he made 13 saves in a Champions League group stage game against FC Barcelona, inspiring the Hoops to a famous 2-1 win at Parkhead.
A short term fix?
The England international also won six caps for his country, the last of which came in the build-up to the 2016 European Championship. A seasoned veteran like Forster will offer Spurs more security in depth between the sticks.
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At 34, Forster is not a young man himself and is at best a short term fix. At the very least, his signing will now give Tottenham another season to scout for a long term replacement for Hugo Lloris.
With Perisic, they have now added two experienced players to their ranks and both deals have been free transfers – something the Spurs board would surely appreciate.