Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster as their new back-up goalkeeper to replace Pierluigi Gollini.
Spurs’ stopper ranks are proving a major area for the club to address and Forster’s deal is the latest move. Hugo Lloris’ future was uncertain, but he has signed a new deal which runs until 2024.
Joe Hart was Jose Mourinho’s option as back-up, but Gollini signed from Atalanta last summer.
The Italian, eyed up by Spurs’ former Inter boss Antonio Conte and ex-Juventus director of football Fabio Paratici, has since moved back to Serie A.
As a result, Forster has become the new back-up keeper for Tottenham.
The 34-year-old will move north from Southampton upon the expiry of his Saints contract at the end of June.
He has signed a two-year deal and is an experienced addition for Spurs, having made 134 Premier League appearances so far.
Forster began his career at Newcastle, who sent him on a series of loan spells to Stockport, Bristol Rovers, Norwich and Celtic.
He found his feet at the Glasgow club, signing permanently for Celtic in the summer of 2012.
But two years later, he was back on the British Isles with Southampton, where he racked up 161 appearances.
Forster did move back to Celtic on loan in the 2019/20 season and enjoyed a successful season, but rejected the chance to stay long-term at Parkhead again.
Forster only a short-term solution
Despite now having clarity over their goalkeeping ranks, Forster is still only a short-term solution for Tottenham.
Indeed, at the age of 34, he does not have long left in his career.
And with Lloris turning 36 in December, two new goalkeeper signings will still be in the club’s mind.
Lloris reacted brilliantly to the arrival of Gollini, for whom Tottenham had an option to buy.
The France star could well look to stamp his mark on next season too, especially since he now has a rival in Forster who has plenty of Premier League experience himself.
For now, though, Tottenham can focus on signings in other areas knowing that their goalkeeper ranks are secure.