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Arsenal and Fulham chase American ace

North Carolina Fusion Goalkeeper Jeff CaldwellBoth Arsenal and Fulham are keeping tabs on young American sensation Jeff Caldwell according to radio station TalkSport.

The 17-year-old goalkeeper is currently contracted to North Carolina Fusion in the United States. He is currently in London after spending time on trial at Brentford and it seems his time there has alerted the attention of scouts from the Emirates and Craven Cottage.

Both clubs are after a new set of hands in front of goal for different reasons. For Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger is very much a manager that looks into the future and senses another gem in the form of Caldwell. His search for a keeper is exacerbated by the lack of a commanding presence between the sticks. It remains to be seen if Wojciech Szczesny has a long term future at the club.

Fulham have just parted company with vastly experienced goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer leaving Maarten Stekelenburg and David Stockdale the only senior shot stoppers at Martin Jol’s disposal so back up is required to strengthen the squad.

If Caldwell does sign a contract with either club it represents a constant trend of American goalkeepers playing their football in England.

Current stoppers include Brad Guzan and Tim Howard, while their fellow 42-year-old countryman Brad Friedel is one of the Premier League’s most experienced players.

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