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Fulham confirm Stekelenburg capture

ESPN staff
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Maarten Stekelenburg has joined Fulham © Getty Images
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Fulham have completed the signing of Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Roma.

Roma confirmed a deal had been agreed earlier this week, and the 30-year-old has now put pen to paper on a four-year deal.

Stekelenburg, who had expected to make the switch to Craven Cottage in January, expressed his delight at finally sealing the move and is looking forward to reuniting with his former Ajax boss Martin Jol.

"I am very happy to be joining Fulham, and to have everything sorted out so early in the summer, so I can really focus on preparations for playing in the Barclays Premier League next season," the 30-year-old told the club's official website.

"It's good that I'll be joining Martin again, he knows my capabilities very well, so I am just looking forward to joining up with the team in pre-season and enjoying some time with them prior to the new season starting."

Jol is confident that the latest arrival will be a major boost to his team.

"Maarten Stekelenburg is a fine quality goalkeeper who I know well from my time working with him at Ajax and of course as the Dutch international goalkeeper I have always had an additional interest in his career. I am sure that he will do well here at Fulham in the Premier League.

"He is a player of great quality and technical ability whose distribution and ability to react quickly and read the game is exceptional; he will be a fantastic addition to the talented team of keepers that we already have. I am delighted that he was so keen to come to join us and am very happy with the way that the summer is shaping up in terms of our signings, so on the whole I'm ever so pleased."

The signing - Fulham's fourth of the summer, after Sascha Riether, Derek Boateng and Fernando Amorebieta - adds to doubts over Mark Schwarzer's future with the club.

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