Reliable sources in the media reported late on Thursday that Ronald Koeman was ready to make his first signing for Everton. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will be signed from Fulham, with the manager looking to add another goalie to beef up the ranks at Goodison Park.
Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg signs for Everton. Ronald Koeman will sign another keeper as well.— paul joyce (@pjoyceexpress) June 30, 2016
The Dutch keeper is a product of the famed Ajax Amsterdam youth system, and went on to play there for nine seasons before moving on to AS Roma, Fulham, AS Monaco and Southampton. The goalie also has 54 international caps for the Netherlands between 2004-2012, with the highlight of his career being a World Cup silver medal in 2010.
Koeman’s familiarity with Stekelenburg goes back fifteen years to 2002 when he signed the young goalie in just his second season as manager at Ajax. He then took the player on loan last season from Fulham, with Stekelenburg starting 25 games in all competitions while first choice Fraser Forster recovered from injury.
Stekelenburg is currently 33 and is expected to fill the backup role at Everton after the departure of Tim Howard.