Agent discusses bids for United and Arsenal keeper target

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Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is no closer to joining Manchester United or Arsenal, according to his agent.

The Dutch goalkeeper, who started for his county during last year's World Cup, has been strongly linked with a move to either of the Premier League giants who have put a goalkeeper at the top of their transfer wish list.

However, any reported interest from Arsenal and United hasn't been backed up with a concrete bid, according to Rob Jansen, the player's agent.

Jansen told "There's nothing going on at the moment.

"There hasn't been any contact with Italian teams or with other foreign teams. With no team at all.

"Whether he prefers to move to a foreign league? I can't confirm anything at the moment.

"There's still the possibility that he'll sign a contract extension with Ajax, too."

United are looking for a replacement for the retiring Edwin van der Sar and had targeted his fellow countryman, whose big frame had seen many compare him to the United stopper.

Arsenal meanwhile have seen goalkeeping problems undermine their search for a first trophy in six years with the club even having to bring back Jeans Lehmann, the goalkeeper during their unbeaten season of 2003/04, to help bring some much needed experience to The Emirates Stadium.

Other keepers coveted by both United and Arsenal are Igor Akinfeev and Pepe Reina, who looks set to stay with Liverpool after pledging his future to the club.

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