Fulham ready to move for Dutch giant.
Fulham boss Martin Jol wants to sign his old keeper Maarten Stekelenburg – and bring the Dutch international to the Premier League.
Giant Stekelenburg will jump at the chance of teaming up with former manager Jol again after the pair worked together at Ajax in Holland.
Stekelenburg has lost his place in the Roma side in Serie A this season and would welcome the chance of first-team football at Craven Cottage – with a bargain deal on the cards.
The 6ft 5in shot-stopper needs to play to keep his place in the Dutch international side and is willing to come and challenge Mark Schwarzer for the jersey at Fulham.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Fulham have been well-served by Dutch custodians in the past, particularly Edwin van der Sar, and with Mark Scwarzer now 40, the West Londoners need a new option between the sticks.
Maarten Stekelenburg has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in the past and may be interested in a move to the England, having lost his spot in the Roma side to Mauro Goicoechea.
With 54 caps for the Netherlands and over 250 combined appearances for both Ajax and the Serie A outfit, Stekelenburg is vastly experienced but still a relative spring chicken in goalkeeping years (just ask 87-year-old Brad Friedel).
If Fulham can land the Dutchman at a decent price, it would represent some fine business from boss Martin Jol, particularly if his compatriot can make the number one jersey his own for the foreseeable future.
Fulham have conceded a whopping 27 goals in 16 Premier League matches this season, so there is a very real need to consider a move for the 30-year-old star.
However, according to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri on twitter, Stekelenburg’s agent has denied the link with the Cottagers.
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