Fulham manager Martin Jol has revealed that he is delighted to have brought Maarten Stekelenburg to the club from Roma.
The Cottagers have been linked with the Dutch international for some time, and were rumoured to be close to concluding a deal for his services in January.
However a transfer failed to materialise, but the Londoners have now swooped to complete a £4m deal.
Jol – who worked alongside Stekelenburg at Ajax – says that he is very happy to be able to announce his latest signing:
“Maarten Stekelenburg is a fine quality goalkeeper who I know well from my time working with him at Ajax and of course as the Dutch international goalkeeper I have always had an additional interest in his career. I am sure that he will do well here at Fulham in the Premier League.” He told the club’s official website.
“He is a player of great quality and technical ability whose distribution and ability to react quickly and read the game is exceptional; he will be a fantastic addition to the talented team of keepers that we already have.
“I am delighted that he was so keen to come to join us and am very happy with the way that the summer is shaping up in terms of our signings, so on the whole I’m ever so pleased.”
Stekelenburg was heavily linked with a switch to Manchester United prior to his 2011 move to Roma, after an impressive World Cup with Holland.
However, his spell in the Italian capital was not overly successful, which led to him losing his starting berth for periods of last season.
The move could spell the end of Mark Schwarzer’s time in west London, with the 40-year-old Australian’s contract set to expire in the coming weeks.
Legendary Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar spent some time at Craven Cottage, can Maarten Stekelenburg match the now retired stopper’s achievements in England?
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