Arsenal granted access to scout Dutch international target

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Arsenal have been boosted in the chase for Maarten Steckelenburg with news that the keeper is considering his club future.

The highly-rated Dutch international was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates during the summer transfer window, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger keen to find bring a new No.1 to north London.

Stekelenburg impressed for Holland during the World Cup, staring for his country on route to the final in South Africa and proving himself as the rightful replacement for Edwin van der Sar in the national team.

The 27-year-old joined the famed Ajax academy as a teenager in 1997, and made his debut for the Godenzonen in 2001. After almost a decade at the Amsterdam Arena, Stekelenburg has gone on to make over 200 appearances to date for the Eredivisie club.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is also thought to be keen on the player, and reveals that both the Red Devils and Arsenal have been granted a full season pass to the Dutch club's ground to scout the player.

Ajax have previously admitted that they could be forced to sell players due to financial problems, an issue that almost saw Martin Jol leave the club to become Fulham manager in the summer.

Frenchman Wenger admitted at the Gunners AGM he was still pursuing a new goalkeeper, with Shay Given another stopper linked with Arsenal in the last few days.

Stekelenburg has admitted that he will consider his future at the end of the season, and would be willing to leave the club in order to help against the financial burden.

With both Premier League sides taking a keen interest, Ajax will be hoping for a bidding war for the player in an effort to get the most cash possible from either United or Arsenal.

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