Now or never for Newcastle and Celtic’s £8m La Liga target

The arrival of Craig Gordon could spell the end of Fraser Forster’s time at Parkhead with Atletico Madrid lining up a bid – but will Newcastle step in?

Fraser Forster looks set to depart Celtic this summer with the Bhoys already moving to sign a replacement in the form of Craig Gordon, but he may not be signing for old club and long-time admirers Newcastle United.

The Magpies had previously led the way in the pursuit of the highly-rated goalkeeper, who spent seven years on the books of the north east club before signing for Celtic in a deal worth £2.2 million back in 2012.

Since then Forster has gone on to star for the Bhoys both domestically and in the Champions League and set a new record in the Scottish Premiership after going 1,256 minutes without conceding.

Despite this it was widely accepted that the 27-year-old would move this summer as he looks to dislodge Joe Hart as the first-choice goalkeeper for the England team.

Newcastle looked like a logical move too with Tim Krul linked with a transfer to the likes of Tottenham and even Barcelona.

But a new suitor has entered the race for Forster in the form of Atletico Madrid, who could be willing to pay as much as £8 million for the goalkeeper who won praise from Xavi for his performances against Barca in Europe.

With Newcastle currently waiting for Krul’s future to be decided, Alan Pardew and those behind the scenes at the Tyneside club face a difficult decision as to whether they step up their interest in Forster now or wait and risk losing the Hexham-born star.

The purchase of Forster would be welcome on Tyneside with fans keen for the club to kick-on next season and already encouraged by the signing of highly-rated Ajax captain Siem de Jong on a six-year deal.

But with Atleti in no mood to hang around, it could be now or never for Newcastle.

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