Southampton complete signing of third summer addition

Southampton have completed the signing of Fulham ace Maarten Stekelenburg on a season long loan, according to reports from the BBC.

The 32-year-old spent last season on loan at Monaco, but was limited to only eight appearances in all competitions as he served as backup to first choice keeper Danijel Subasic.

He is now tipped to start the campaign for the Saints next term as current number one Fraser Forster is still unavailable after suffering a serious knee injury back in March of this year.

With the England international ruled out for at least 12 months, manager Ronald Koeman was forced to add another goalkeeper into his squad.

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The club’s director of football Les Reed has praised the former Roma man following the confirmation of his addition.

“While Fraser Forster’s rehabilitation is progressing well, adding Maarten to our squad alongside Kelvin Davis and Paulo Gazzaniga will give us strength in depth for what will be a busy season,” he said.

“Maarten has a wealth of top-level experience.

“Maarten enjoyed tremendous success with Ajax and on the international stage, playing in the 2010 World Cup final.”

The former Netherlands international is now the third player to complete a move to St Mary’s Stadium this summer, with Sporting Lisbon’s Cedric Soares and Malaga’s Juanmi agreeing terms with the club earlier last week.