Fulham close in on Dutch goalkeeper

Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is close to completing his move to Fulham, and is due to fly to England next week to have a medical and finalise the deal that is said to be worth around £3.5 million.

Fulham manager Martin Jol who is a keen admirer of Stekelenburg, narrowly missed out on signing the former Ajax number 1 in January, but has kept his interest in the 30-year-old high and the move looks to be revived.

The now Roma goalkeeper will replace Australian Mark Schwarzer, who refused to agree terms with the club and is set to become a free agent once his contract runs out in the Summer.

Earlier on in the season, Stekelenburg voiced his frustration at Roma general manager Franco Baldini in January and claimed that he had had enough with the club and wanted to leave and it is believed that he hasn’t changed his mind since then, thus making the move to Fulham a lot more likely.

One potential reason for Stekelenburg wanting to leave Roma is that he had been sidelined for a large period of the season with an injury, and in the time he was injured he was replaced by Romanian Bogdan Lobont, who kept Stekelenburg out of the first team for the majority of the season, restricting Stekelenburg to just 19 appearances in all competitions.

Although the transfer seems to be almost done,  Stekelenburg’s agent Rob Jansen has denied reports saying that a deal for him to join Fulham is almost done by saying “Maarten to Fulham? At the moment there is nothing. It’s still early, we have to wait,” he told Calciomercato.

What do you guys think is going to happen? Do you think he will join Fulham, or remain loyal to Roma?

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