AN ENGLAND international goalkeeper born and raised in the Tyne Valley could be on the move, with two top Premier League sides chasing the hot property's signature.

That is the claim of various newspaper reports, which suggest former Stocksfield FC junior Fraser Forster is on the radar of Chelsea, Arsenal and Scottish champions Celtic.

The 6ft 7in keeper added another league medal to his impressive trophy cabinet this season after the Scottish Premiership was ended in March and league leaders Celtic were crowned as champions, while on loan from Southampton.

The Stocksfield shot stopper started his professional career at Newcastle United after learning his trade at his home village and Wallsend Boys' Club.

He never made a first team appearance for Newcastle but did impress on loan at Norwich City as they captured the League One title, following brief stints at Stockport County and Bristol Rovers.

From the Canaries, Forster moved on to Celtic on two separate loan spells which convinced the SPL giants to make the deal permanent in 2012.

One of his highlights include an historic Champions League 2-1 win for Celtic against Barcelona in which he frustrated Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, in which he was nicknamed ‘The Great Wall’ by the Spanish press.

When goalkeeper Fraser Forster made the switch from Celtic to Southampton in 2015, his transfer attracted a fee of £10m, as the giant shot stopper was very much in demand having recently been capped by England.

The Tyne Valley beamed with pride at a local lad done well, none more so than his former club Stocksfield FC.

As an extra sweetener, the club which operates from Stocksfield Cricket Club was celebrating the move when a bumper £100,000 windfall came its way with thanks to a recently introduced FIFA ruling.

As part of FIFA’s solidarity ruling, five per cent of the transfer fee when a player makes an international transfer is set aside by the buying club to be shared by each club he was registered with between the ages of 12 and 23.

Forster started his football at Stocksfield, being converted from a central defender to a goalkeeper during his four years with the Griffins.

Of his six England caps, highlights include a dramatic second half comeback in 2016 as the three lions came from 2-0 down to beat Germany 3-2 in Berlin

Struggling with injuries and form in recent seasons, Forster returned to Scotland last season and has recently been spotted training with the Scottish side although the season ended in March.

To date, Forster has won four league titles, two Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup with the side.

Now, the former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has called on the club to beat off the competition and sign Forster.

Sutton reckons the shot-stopper would be making a mistake if he were to snub Celtic in favour of a top four Premier League side.

He told the Daily Record: “He’d be a back-up keeper and, having wasted almost two years of his career on a bench at Southampton, does he really need to be doing that again at this stage of his life?

"Forster is hardly going to tell his grandkids about the day he was wearing a trackie while getting a Champions League medal. Or tell them about the save me made against Stoke’s Under-23 side.

“Big games and big pressure at Celtic brings out the best in him."