Southampton fail in bid to bring England WC goalie back to Premier League

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The advanced statistics say Artur Boruc was not a poor goalkeeper for Southampton last year, but that hasn’t stopped the Saints from searching for another goalkeeper.

And with the quality that’s left St. Mary’s this offseason, Southampton may want to consider using two keepers.

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The BBC is reporting that Southampton looked north of the English border in an attempt to bring former Newcastle United goalkeeper and current Celtic No. 1 Fraser Forster to town.

Their bid was turned down, and even mocked:

Sources close to the Scottish champions say they do not want to sell the 26-year-old and describe the offer from St Mary’s as “derisory”.

They added that the bid was well below the widely reported £7.5m figure.

Forster’s form over the past two seasons, particularly in the Champions League, won him a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.

Capped twice, Forster was the only player not to feature as England failed to progress beyond the group stage in Brazil.

Forster broke the Scottish league record for minutes without conceding a goal last season.

It would take a great deal of money to pry Forster away from Celtic, who advanced into the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League with another win over Reykjavik earlier Tuesday. Forster lost out on a battle with Tim Krul at Newcastle.

Boruc, 34, is also a former Celtic goalkeeper (one who had really had fun with The Old Firm rivalry, to the point where the Vatican got involved). He’s under contract through next season