Forster reportedly the 'preferred candidate' for Spurs as Saints exit looms

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Southampton's Fraser Forster during the Premier League match between Southampton and Spurs at St Mary's Stadium. Photo by Stuart Martin..
Southampton's Fraser Forster during the Premier League match between Southampton and Spurs at St Mary's Stadium. Photo by Stuart Martin..

GOALKEEPER Fraser Forster is the "preferred candidate" for Tottenham Hotspur, according to a report by The Athletic.

Forster's contract at Saints is set to expire this summer, making him available as a free agent.

Following an injury to Alex McCarthy in December, the 34-year-old was given an extended run in the side and produced a string of fine displays.

However, he has not been rewarded with a new contract at Saints and appears to have played his final game for the club.

Forster is unavailable for tomorrow's Premier League finale at Leicester City due to a back injury.

The Athletic reports the former Celtic man "said goodbye to his teammates on Thursday" ahead of his exit this summer.

Spurs are said to be seeking a new goalkeeper to provide backup to captain Hugo Lloris.

The club are reportedly keen to sign a homegrown option, to replace current number two Pierluigi Gollini.

Forster has played 162 times for Saints since joining in 2014, spending time away on loan at Celtic during that spell.

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