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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 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Cameron

    June 4, 2013 at 7:06 am

    bye bye schwarzer

  2. Matt

    June 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    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

  3. Conor Canavan

    June 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

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

  4. Bishopville Red

    June 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    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.

    SB

    • Brian

      June 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      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.

      • Matt

        June 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm

        There’s only one Van der Sar.

        And United would rather have De Gea, anyway…

      • Bishopville Red

        June 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm

        Last time you got 5 years out of a world class goalkeeper, who left at the age of 35. Why be bitter about that?

        SB

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