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Fulham are close to completing the signing of Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg with the Dutch international due in London next week to have a medical and finalise the details of his protracted transfer.

Martin Jol was keen to capture the former Ajax custodian in January and came close to sealing the deal on transfer deadline day – with the move called off after Roma failed to land a satisfactory replacement. Fulham have maintained their interest in the 30 year-old, who is not guaranteed either European or first-team football with his current employers, and their persistence seems to have paid off. Stekelenburg, who made just 19 appearances in Serie A last season, is expected to cost Fulham around €3m and it remains to be seen whether his arrival could spell the end of Mark Schwarzer’s five year spell at Craven Cottage.