Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Forster has Saints medical

Fraser Forster is understood to have undergone a medical at Southampton
Fraser Forster is understood to have undergone a medical at Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed England goalkeeper Fraser Forster has undergone a medical with the south-coast club.

Koeman revealed after Saturday's 1-0 pre-season friendly loss to Bayer Leverkusen that a deal appeared close for the 26-year-old Celtic stopper, with the clubs having reportedly agreed a fee of around £10million.

"Of course we are interested, of course he did the medical tests, but for yesterday afternoon I have not spoken to the board and maybe when I go up for a drink they will tell me that," Koeman was quoted as saying by the Daily Echo.

"For sure we are interested, but I didn't hear he has signed."

Koeman also said the Barclays Premier League club had had a bid - believed to be in the region of £4.5m - rejected by Leeds for right-back Sam Byram.

Press Association Sport understands other top-flight clubs have also enquired about the highly rated 20-year-old.

"We lost (Calum) Chambers to Arsenal - it (Byram) was a player we had on the list and it's true that we had a bid for him, yes," the Dutchman said.

"What I heard was that Leeds didn't accept it."

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