Roma confirm Stekelenburg deal

  • By: Graeme Bailey
  • Last Updated: June 3 2013, 15:10 BST

Roma's sporting director Franco Baldini has confirmed that he has concluded a deal with Fulham for Maarten Stekelenburg.

Maarten Stekelenburg: On his way to Fulham
Maarten Stekelenburg: On his way to Fulham

Fulham have long been linked with the Dutch international keeper, who almost joined the club in January.

The deal failed to materialise on deadline day, but now Martin Jol has got his man with the Cottagers reportedly set to pay just over £4million for the 30-year-old.

Baldini, who is being strongly tipped to become Tottenham's new technical director, revealed he was in England last week to seal a deal with Fulham.

"I went to London for the sale of Stekelenburg at Fulham," he told he told Corriere dello Sport.

"There were questions to be answered, but I closed a deal subject to the usual conditions."

The Italian media claim Roma already have a new keeper in their sights in the shape of Brazilian international Rafael - currently with Santos.

Baldini was also asked about midfield ace Daniele De Rossi - who is being strongly linked with a move to Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

But the Roma boss insisted he did not hold talks about the Italian midfield star.

"For De Rossi, I have not done anything and I can not say anything," he added.

Baldini himself is set for talks with president James Pallotta, after Roma fans asked for his resignation - following a poor campaign, which saw them fail to make Europe.

"There are a lot of problems: disappointing results, choosing a couple of wrong coaches. At the end someone has to pay for it," Baldini said.

"I have to talk with Pallotta, express my views and listen to his."


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