Rumour: Maarten Stekelenburg Set for Everton Move

maartenstekelenburgEverton are on the cusp of making Maarten Stekelenburg the first signing of the Ronald Koeman era.

The Liverpool Echo has reported that talks are at an advanced stage to bring the Netherlands goalkeeper to Goodison Park for a fee of around £1 million.

Stekelenburg currently plies his trade at Championship side Fulham, but worked under Koeman during a season-long loan spell at Southampton last season.

And the Dutch pair are set to be reunited on Merseyside when the 33-year-old completes the formalities on his contract in L4.

Everton have been on the lookout for goalkeeping reinforcements following the departure of Tim Howard to Colorado Rapids.

Joel Robles is currently the only senior shot stopper on the books of the Blues, but the arrival of Stekelenburg is set to increase the competition for places within Koeman’s first-team squad.

Stekelenburg made his senior debut with Dutch outfit Ajax in February 2002, and went on to make 280 appearances for the 33-time Eredivisie champions, winning eight trophies along the way.

He left the Amsterdam Arena in the summer of 2011 and joined Serie A club Roma for a fee in the region of £5 million, before joining Fulham two years later.

Stekelenburg was relegated from the Barclays Premier League during his time at Craven Cottage, before being loaned out to French side Monaco and Southampton in the following two seasons.

A Netherlands international, Stekelenburg has 54 caps for his national side, and was first-choice during the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.

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