Arsenal set to swoop for another Dutch star

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Arsenal have set their sights on Dutch international keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

The 27-year-old stopper has been linked with an Ajax exit this summer, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to make the player his new No.1 target as his search for a goalkeeper continues.

Stekelenburg impressed for Holland during the World Cup, helping the Dutch all the way to the World Cup final with a string of accomplished performances.

A product of the famed Ajax academy, Stekelenburg made his senior debut for the club in 2002. He has gone on to make 165 Eredivisie appearances, becoming a solid number one with European experience at the Amsterdam Arena.

Wenger has been keen to add another stopper to his ranks at the Emirates, and has been linked to Gianluigi Buffon, Mark Schwarzer and Federico Marchetti to name just three.

With offers for the later two turned down, the Frenchman is set to turn his attention to the Dutchman with the end of the transfer looming large.

Talksport reports that Ajax are willing to listen to offers for the keeper, leaving Wenger with an opportunity to land a replacement for Manuel Almunia.

However, with the north London club reluctant to pay in the region of £4 million for Schwarzer, a £7 million transfer fee could be a stumbling block over any potential move.

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