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Fulham Close to Signing Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Says Roma Director

Maarten Stekelenburg Fulham Close to Signing Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Says Roma Director

AS Roma’s sporting director Franco Baldini says that Fulham have finalized a deal for goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to join the Craven Cottage side.

Fulham’s pursuit of Stekelenburg is well documented. Martin Jol tried to sign the former Ajax goalkeeper in the January transfer window. But embarrassingly for Stekelenburg, the deal for Fulham to sign him collapsed while the goalkeeper was mid-air on his way to London.

Jol has made the signing of a new goalkeeper one of his top priorities since current first-team goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer isn’t getting any younger, and his contract is set to expire this summer.

How well do you think 30-year-old Maarten Stekelenburg will adapt to the Premier League at Fulham? And would you consider this a coup by Fulham to capture his signature? Have your say in the comments section below.

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7 Responses to Fulham Close to Signing Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Says Roma Director

  1. Bishopville Red says:

    Well played, Fulham. It’s not the first time they’ve scored a useful Dutch ‘keeper from Serie A; this one should prove similarly successful.


    • Brian says:

      Yes, bring him to the EPL. Let him adapt to our game and wait for Man Utd to tempt him away. Same old story for the Whites, again and again.

  2. Conor Canavan says:

    great replacement for schwarzer. he’s experienced as well because he played in the world cup final with holland

  3. Matt says:

    Decent keeper but one who in my opinion has regressed in the past few years, he didn’t have a great time at Roma and was somewhat poor at Euro 2012

  4. Cameron says:

    bye bye schwarzer

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