Sunday 10 August 2014
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the signing of Fraser Forster is an "important part of the club's rebuilding process" after the England goalkeeper completed his move to St Mary's.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper, who joins from Celtic for an undisclosed fee, becomes Koeman's fifth signing of the summer after agreeing a four-year contract.
Forster has been at Celtic for four years, winning three league titles and two Scottish cups, and was part of England’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad in Brazil, where he worked with Southampton’s new senior goalkeeping coach, Dave Watson.
"Fraser is a very talented player and we are delighted to be able to bring him to Southampton," Koeman told www.saintsfc.co.uk. "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. He is an exciting English player with a very good reputation within the game and, at 26, he will enjoy the best years of his career at Southampton."
Forster began his career with Newcastle United, and had loan spells at Stockport County, Bristol Rovers and Norwich City before joining Celtic in 2010.
He joins Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle, Ryan Bertrand and Saphir Taider in moving to the club this summer. Southampton's first fixture of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign is against Liverpool on 17 August.