South coast latest: Saints nearing Forster deal; Pompey closing on Millwall man

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Southampton close to reaching a deal for Fraser Forster

According to ESPN sources, Celtic will give Southampton the 'green light' to go for Forster after the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw on Wednesday.

The Saints have been chasing the England shotstopper since he returned from a disappointing World Cup, and have already had one bid turned down which the SPL side described as 'derisory'.

It's been reported that Celtic are holding out for a fee of around £7.5 million, and with Southampton cash reserves at an all time high they should have no problem paying that fee.

The 26-year-old who stands at 6ft 7in, signed for Newcastle United at 15-years-old, but never made a single competitive appearance for them before he signed for Celtic after a succession of successful loan spells.

Celtic seem to have already signed his replacement though having brought in former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon on a free transfer.

Brighton target snatched by Middlesborough

Middlesborough are close to signing Brighton target Adam Clayton according to The Argus.

The 25-year-old midfielder is reportedly undergoing a medical at Borough after they agreed a fee of £1.5 million rising to £2 million with Huddersfield Town.

Brighton had been trailing Clayton all summer and even tried to land him in January, but had a £1 million bid declined by the Terriers.

Clayton came through the ranks at Manchester City, but never got any further than the subs bench and so moved onto Leeds United where he made 46 appearances in two seasons.

He failed to negotiate a new deal at Leeds and thus signed for Huddersfield for £350,000 in 2012. Clayton has made 92 appearances and scored 12 goals in the past two campaign, and was voted Huddersfield player of the year last season.

Bournemouth youngster ready to step up

Baily Cargill feels he will be ready if called upon by Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.

The 19-year-old centre-back is quite inexperienced at Championship level, but he has been a prominent figure in the Cherries' pre-season friendly fixtures this summer.

The youngster hasn't yet made a competitive senior appearance for Bournemouth, but hopes he has done enough to gain his manager's trust.

He told BBC Solent: "I think I've given myself a good chance with the pre-season I've had and hopefully the gaffer will trust in me.

"If push comes to shove and he needs to use me then hopefully I'll be ready."

Portsmouth nearing deal for unwanted Millwall defender

The Portsmouth News are reporting that Pompey are close to signing Millwall's Paul Robinson on a one-month loan deal.

Robinson, who plays in central defence, has been at Millwall since 2001 and has made over 300 appearances for the club.

The 32-year-old was however deemed surplus to requirements last season and was placed on the transfer list.

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