United 'complete deal' for Van der Sar successor - reports

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Manchester United have already agreed to sign Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, according to reports in Belgium.

Het Laatste Nieuws claims - as reported by - there is a 'done deal' that will see the 28-year-old join the Barclays Premier League leaders at the end of the season.

This allegedly comes from United coach Eric Steele, who told former colleague - and now football agent - Nico Vaesen that the Old Trafford club had secured a deal for the Holland no.1.

Steele had initially contacted Vaesen in order to enquire about Racing Genk's 18-year-old prospect Thibault Courtois, but let slip that United had filled the vacancy left by Edwin Van der Sar.


The 40-year-old will bring the curtain down a distinguished Old Trafford career at the end of the season as he retires from football.

And, despite contrary reports suggesting United were closing in on Sporting Lisbon goalie Rui Patricio, Van der Sar could be succeeded at Old Trafford by his former understudy.

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