Fraser Forster has admitted that it was impossible to turn down Tottenham Hotspur once the Premier League club expressed an interest in him this summer.
Forster has become Tottenham’s second signing of the summer following the capture of Ivan Perisic, with the 34-year-old set to serve as Hugo Lloris’ understudy after Pierluigi Gollini returned to Atalanta at the end of his loan spell.
The experienced goalkeeper signed for the Lilywhites on a free transfer after his contract with Southampton ran out, and according to reports (Football Insider), he has taken a pay cut to sign for Antonio Conte’s men.
Forster lavished praise on the facilities at Hotspur Way and stated that it will be a privilege to work at the club.
The England international also admitted to being excited at the prospect of playing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and insisted that he is ready to do a job in the big Champions League nights next season if he is called upon.
Forster said in his first interview for with the club’s official website: “I’m absolutely delighted. This is a fantastic opportunity for me. When a team like this comes along, it’s impossible to say no. I couldn’t get here fast enough to get it done.
“Everything about the place is world-class. The stadium is probably the best I’ve ever been to – ask any player in the Premier League, and that’s what they’ll say.
“The training ground is unbelievable, to be able to come here and work, and work hard… I’m very privileged. It’s an opportunity I’m very grateful for.
“It will be a fantastic season, fantastic to have Champions League football, obviously, important to have got that, and now having achieved that, I’m sure the Club will want to go as far as they can in the competition.
“I’ve played almost 50 European games, so if I can come in and help in any way possible, that’s what I’ll be looking to do.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I always suspected that a deal for Sam Johnstone would prove difficult to pull off as the 29-year-old would likely get offers to be the number one at other Premier League clubs.
However, Forster was certainly the next best option as Lloris’ backup, given the experience he has in the Premier League and at the international level. This is a very astute piece of business by the club.
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