Fulham close to strengthening squad with striker and goalkeeper.
The Daily Express claims that Fulham are close to sealing the double signing of Aston Villa striker Darren Bent and Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
Bent could join for a knock-down price of £4million after falling out of favour at Aston Villa under new manager Paul Lambert this season, and reunite with Martin Jol at Craven Cottage, who also signed him for Tottenham in 2007.
The former England international was once one of the most sought-after strikers in the Premier League, and initially joined Aston Villa from Sunderland for £24 million in 2011, but he has endured a torrid time at Villa Park this season.
He will hope to reignite his career with Fulham, who are also close to signing Maarten Stekelenburg from Serie A side Roma.
The Dutch shot-stopper was strongly linked with the Cottagers in the January transfer window after falling down the pecking order with the Italian club.
The 30-year-old, formerly of Ajax, has 54 caps for the Netherlands national team, and is likely to replace veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who has declined to sign a new contract with Fulham.
Stekelenburg will cost around £2million, completing two shrewd pieces of business for Jol and Fulham.