Maarten Stekelenburg whilst on loan at Southampton
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has told the club's official website that he's happy to have landed Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
The Toffees moved to appoint Koeman as their new manager last month, with the Dutchman leaving Southampton to replace Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park.
Now, Koeman has made his first signing as Everton boss, as the club confirmed on Friday that a deal for Fulham goalkeeper Martin Stekelenburg has been sealed.
Stekelenburg, 33, has penned a three-year deal at Goodison Park, easing the club's goalkeeping problems after Tim Howard headed back to the United States with MLS side Colorado Rapids.
Stekelenburg spent last season on loan with Southampton under Koeman, and the move to Everton give them a third chance to work together, having also worked alongside each other Ajax.
It remains to be seen whether Everton bring in another goalkeeper given that Stekelenburg was only a backup for Southampton last season, but he offers the Toffees an experienced goalkeeper with international and Champions League experience at a low price.
After securing the deal, manager Koeman spoke to the club's official website, and explained the reasons behind the move to sign Stekelenburg.
Koeman admitted that his prior experience with Stekelenburg was a huge factor, as was his experience having played in various leagues and even in the World Cup final for the Netherlands national team in 2010.
The Toffees boss believes Stekelenburg gives Everton a good option in goal, and thinks the player is at a good stage in his career as he makes the move to Merseyside.
"Obviously I know Maarten well having worked with him at two Clubs before," said Koeman. "He brings tremendous experience to Everton - he has played in a number of leagues before, winning many trophies. He's also played at the very highest level in a World Cup final [in 2010]."
"He proved by his performances at Southampton last season that he's at a good stage in his career and I know through his professionalism, hard-working approach and personality he will fit in well with what I will be building at Everton. He gives us good options in the goalkeeper position," he added.
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