Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Steklenburg has signed for Southampton on a season-long loan deal.
The Dutch international, who spent last season on loan at AS Monaco but failed to make a single league appearance for the French principality, joined Fulham from AS Roma in the summer of 2013 but struggled to make an impact during an injury hit spell at Craven Cottage. The 32 year-old made just nineteen league appearances and had lost his place to David Stockdale by the time Fulham were relegated from the top flight.
Southampton have signed Steklenburg as cover after Fraser Forster suffered a serious knee injury in March and Saints executive director of football, Les Reed, who once held a similar role at Fulham, was delighted to clinch the deal.
Maarten has a wealth of top-level experience. While Fraser Forster’s rehabilitation is progressing well, adding Maarten to our squad alongside Kelvin Davis and Paulo Gazzaniga will give us strength in depth for what will be a busy season. Maarten enjoyed tremendous success with Ajax and on the international stage, playing in the 2010 World Cup final.
Ronald Koeman’s side will have an early start to the new campaign having qualified for the Europa League after Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa. Southampton will join the competition at the third qualifying round stage.