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Arsenal & Fulham In For £3.5m Dutch International Battle

by Gary Emmerson

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Maarten Stekelnburg

Dutch international goalkeeper could join a London club.

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Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg looks set for a move to the Premier League in the January transfer window with Arsenal and Fulham vying for his £3.5million signature.

Formerly with Ajax, Stekelenburg was number one with Roma before this season but has fallen behind loanee goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea and the experienced Bogdan Lobont in the pecking order at the Stadio Olimpico.

Source: Metro

Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport report that Stekelenburg, whose current contract with Roma does not run out until 2015, is available at a cut-price £3.5million and claim that discussions have already begun with officials at the Emirates Stadium and Craven Cottage already.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen on bringing a new goalkeeper to the Emirates with Wojciech Szczesny struggling to regain the form that propelled him into the first-team, and understudies Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone not seen as Premier League stars in the long term.

Fulham, meanwhile, are seeking new goalkeeping blood, with Australian international Mark Schwarzer in the latter stages of his career despite continuing to keep talented young stopper David Stockdale, who has been in an England squad, out of the team.

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