Not one but two transfer stories about goalkeepers today, both encouraging in their own way.
The first is that we’ve submitted a second bid for the AEK Athens keeper Vasilios Barkas; it has been rejected like the first was, but we’re getting closer to a compromise.
The word from the media in Greece is that the club and player have already agreed personal term pending a successful deal between the two teams.
That seems as if it’s only a matter of time away, but for the second story … that Fraser Forster has been told he is now surplus to requirements at Southampton and will be offloaded this summer.
I don’t know enough about Barkas to make a judgement there, but if the club is willing to pay more than £4 million for him then I assume he’s got what we need.
We do know all about Forster.
Depending on the fee, there might be no better bit of business in this window.
One big signing can make a window.
If the club added one player of genuine quality every season we’d see this team grow and get better.
That seems to have been the strategy of the past few years and I hope that it continues. The goalkeeper spot is not sexy, but ask those clubs who have heavily invested in one these past few years how important they are.
The important thing is doing this right, not doing it fast although we must be ever aware of that big ticking clock in the background. League business resumes in just over a week. We have to be ready for that. We have to be prepared.
The team is getting up to fitness, but a few additions would be most welcome as we take the first steps on the road to ten in a row.
Obviously the spot between the sticks is the priority, and it seems that we have two very good options.
Now all we have do is close one of the deals.
Peter Lawwell, it’s over to you.
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