Tottenham have made no secret of the fact that they are targeting a new goalkeeper this summer, with Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris supposedly at the top of their shopping list. However, after seemingly missing out on the French shot stopper, reports are suggesting that Spurs have now turned their attention to 29-year-old Maarten Stekelenburg.
Despite joining his current club Roma only last year, it is understood that the Italian giants would be more than open to selling Stekelenburg following a string of inconsistent performances in his debut campaign. The player has had a debatable disciplinary record and has generally failed to live up to expectations following a transfer from Ajax.
Bearing the above in mind, Tottenham would be likely to sign the keeper for a much lower price than fellow target Lloris. In fact, Daniel Levy appears to have completely given up on the battle to sign Lloris, with Spurs unable to come to an agreement on the player’s value.
While Stekelenburg’s pedigree is perhaps not quite as impressive as Lloris’, he is still regarded as one of the best keeper in Europe. He is an established Netherlands international, having made fifty caps for his country, while his career in his home country was hugely successful and was named as Ajax’s Player of the Year on numerous occasions.
Moreover, his agent has stated that Spurs have an excellent chance of landing the player. Speaking to De Telegraaf Rob Jansen said, “There are several clubs who have contacted us about Maarten. We will take a look at that interest. Maarten is indeed one of the three goalkeepers who is on Tottenham Hotspur’s list. He is playing for a big club and happy. But Tottenham is also a big club and it has always been a dream for Maarten to play in the Premier League.”