Hughes should force Forster out

According to the Daily Echo, Southampton boss Mark Hughes has ruled out any more player exits in what remains of the summer transfer window.

What’s the story?

Hughes has confirmed that he foresees none of his current squad departing before the transfer deadline. Whilst the window is shut to top flight English clubs, outfits abroad may still buy from Premier League sides and EFL teams may still strike loan deals.

The Welsh manager was especially clear that the likes of Manolo Gabbiadini and Sam Gallagher would not be leaving St Mary’s Stadium.

However, the Saints would be wise to try and move on goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who reportedly earns £70,000-a-week, before the summer transfer window closes. 

Forst out

At the start of last season, Forster was the Saints’ first choice shot-stopper and was even part of the England international set up. However, persistent poor form saw him dropped in favour of Alex McCarthy in December, who has donned the gloves for the South Coast club ever since.

The summer arrival of Angus Gunn from Manchester City forced the 30-year-old even further down the pecking order.

At this stage in his career Forster must be getting regular football, and he also stands no chance of making himself part of Gareth Southgate’s England plans again without it. However, he can’t expect consistent game time with Southampton this season. Moving on this summer would be the best thing for him.

Equally, Hughes’ has no real need for Forster in his squad, when the role of third choice ‘keeper could easily go to a young up-and-comer such as Jack Rose. The former Celtic man is valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt though, suggesting that the Saints have good reason to cash in before Forster’s stock is allowed to fall any further.