Arsenal and Fulham have been alerted to the possible availability of AS Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Gazzetta Dello Sport reports the 30-year-old Dutchman could be available for as low as £3.5m after the Serie A club told him he had no future at the Stadio Olimpico. The goalkeeper is contracted to the club until 2015.
The Gunners are believed to be in the market for cover for Polish No 1 Wojciech Szczesny. Arsene Wenger is reportedly unhappy with Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone as back-up options. The Emirates club have already been linked to a number of options; Goal.com believes the shortlist includes Liverpool's Pepe Reina and Michel Vorm and Thomas Sorensen from Swansea and Stoke respectively. The Mirror also links Arsenal to Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.
Stekelenburg has started only nine league games for Roma this season and has lost his position as Dutch No 1 to Newcastle United's Tim Krul. The former Ajax star is believed to be keen for a fresh start elsewhere, as he bids to regain his place in the national squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He will be aware, though, that a switch to the Emirates will not guarantee him first team football, with Szczesny the firm No 1 for now. Fulham, meanwhile, will probably look to replace 40-year-old Mark Schwarzer sooner rather than later.
The player's agent, Rob Jensen, has been quoted by Sky Sports as confirming no bids have yet been made. And while he admitted there was little chance of his client leaving Italy this month, he did not rule out the transfer.
Szczesny on Arsenal
Meanwhile, Szczesny said he remains committed to Arsenal and will not contemplate a move out in the future. The 22-year-old replaced Spaniard Manuel Almunia in goal two seasons ago.
"Ever since I signed for this club, I've become an Arsenal fan. It feels like it's more than me just playing and doing my best on a Saturday afternoon. I feel like I have a much bigger part to play at this club. It means that little bit more to me. I think there's a lot of players in this team that are genuine Gooners. You've got people like Carl Jenkinson, there's Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong - a lot of young players who really feel it's the biggest honour they could have, to play for this club," the Polish international said.