Fulham are close to signing £3m-rated goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Italian club AS Roma, according to reports.

The Cottagers attempted to sign the Dutch international in January but the deal collapsed on transfer deadline day.

Stekelenburg joined Roma in the summer of 2011 from Ajax for a fee in the region of €6m but the 30-year-old made only 19 league appearances this season.

It is rumoured that the 'keeper will arrive in London next week in order to finalise the deal, although Gazzetta dello Sport claim that the deal could be done and dusted within the next 48 hours.

The signing of Stekelenburg could signal the end of Mark Schwarzer's Fulham career.

The Australian goalkeeper has not yet been involved with talks regarding a new contract at Craven Cottage amid claims he wants to constantly be involved in first-team football.

Schwarzer has made 216 appearances for Fulham since joining the club from Middlesbrough in 2008. He has also made 101 appearances for his country.


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