Report: Southampton tracking Dutch goalkeeper as Forster replacement

Southampton Fans

The Saints are having to deal with a long-term injury to Fraser Forster.

Fraser Forster could be out for up to a calendar year, and whilst Kelvin Davies is adequate back-up, the 38-year-old is drawing to the end of his career.

As Southampton plan for next season’s Champions League push, they will need a goalkeeper with top level abilities and a wealth of experience as Forster’s replacement, and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has highlighted Maarten Stekelenburg as the man they are looking at.

Starting his playing career with Ajax, the 32-year-old broke into the first-team under Koeman’s guidance, and played under the coach for three years of consistent first-team football.

The stopper twice won Ajax’s Player of the Year award, leaving in 2011 to join Roma. He spent just two seasons in Italy before signing for Fulham in 2013, then in the Premier League.

He made just 19 appearances as the West London club were relegated from the top flight, being dropped from the squad in the second half of the campaign. Since then, Stekelenburg joined Ligue 1 side Monaco on loan for the season, with whom he has made eight appearances.

The report states that Koeman is looking at the veteran Dutch international with 54 caps to his name - including the 2010 World Cup Final - and could be looking to open negotiations with Fulham in the summer, following the expiration of Stekelenburg’s loan in France.

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