Arsenal goalkeeper target Maarten Stekelenburg is braced for a stay in Serie ‘A’, according to the player’s agent.

The 30-year-old Dutch stopper has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, with the Gunners and Fulham thought to be in the race for the player.

However, agent Rob Jansen insists that there is nothing more than ‘rumour and speculation’ at this stage, and that a firm offer has not been made to Roma.

"At the moment there are just rumours and speculation. We have yet to receive a concrete offer, so it is therefore probable that he will stay at Roma in January rather than leave,” he told calciomercato.it.

"We know what is moving in the goalkeeping market, but nothing has been decided."

The Daily Express reported earlier in the week that doubts still linger over Wojciech Szczesny at the Emirates Stadium, and that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is weighing up a number of potential replacements.

Stekelenburg, a 54-cap international, is amongst the candidates, with Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes and Liverpool No.1 Pepe Reina also on the shortlist, according to the paper.

However, it appears the former Ajax star has given up hope of moving away from Italy in January, and if Arsenal do want to sign the player, they will have to move fast with only a week left in the current transfer window.

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