Celtic brought in Fraser Forster on loan from Southampton for a token payment of £15,000 a week.
The keeper had dropped to third choice at Southampton with just one top team appearance in the 18 months before Celtic made the call last August.
Soon after Scot Bain picked up a hand injury Celtic put in a request to bring back Forster with Southampton’s Director of Football Ross Wilson negotiating the bargain deal.
In an article from Alan Nixon, who was first to reveal that Gavin Strachan was on his way to Celtic, The Sun reports:
Forster is on big money at Southampton and the Hoops will be asked to pay more than the £15,000-a-week bargain rental they negotiated last season.
That information was included in an article discussing Southampton’s interest in Olivier Ntcham with the English side offering Forster as part of the deal.
Swap transfers are very rare these days with various the agents involved trying to get their client the best deal wherever that is. Getting two sets of agents to agree simultaneous deal is asking a lot.
The precise level of player wages is often speculated on but the exact details are never known with contracts containing loyalty payments that pay out every year that a player completes at a club.
Forster has two years left on his Southampton contract and is likely to be assured of significantly more wages than Celtic’s top earner whether he is first, second or third choice at St Mary’s.