Stekelenburg completes Fulham medical ahead of move from Roma

Dutch goalkeeper has undertaken medical tests at the Cottagers' Motspur Park headquarters as he finalises his £4 million transfer from Serie A club
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Maarten Stekelenburg has completed a medical at Fulham ahead of his £4 million transfer from Roma, Goal can reveal.

The Dutch goalkeeper underwent tests at the Premier League club's Motspur Park training base on Tuesday.

Fulham only have to tie up the formalities of the deal before announcing Stekelenburg as their third major signing of the summer, following defender Fernando Amorebieta and midfielder Derek Boateng.

Goal understands that the Cottagers will pay £4m for the 30-year-old after agreeing a fee with Roma officials last week.

As revealed by Goal, the Cottagers have been on Stekelenburg's trail for several months and made a breakthrough in their bid to sign him at the end of April.

Roma general manager Franco Baldini admitted on Monday that he had reached an agreement with Fulham to sell them the experienced goalkeeper.

As revealed by Goal, Roma have lined up Santos goalkeeper Rafael Cabral, 22, to replace Stekelenburg as their No.1.

With current No.2 Mauro Goicoechea set to return to Uruguayan club Danubio following a season on loan at the Stadio Olympico, the Giallorossi are also looking to sign Stefano Sorrentino, 34, from Palermo as experienced back-up.

Stekelenburg flew to England on the last day of the January window to complete a loan move to Fulham until the end of last season, but the Giallorossi pulled the plug on the deal when he was at Heathrow airport after failing to land a replacement in time.

The Cottagers have offered a one-year contract extension to long-standing No.1 Mark Schwarzer, but the Australian has yet to commit beyond the end of this month as he weighs up his options.

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