Stekelenburg Looking Like Most Likely Replacement

From The Times:

René Meulensteen, the Manchester United first-team coach, has revealed that Maarten Stekelenburg is the club’s first-choice target to replace Edwin van der Sar in goal next season.

Van der Sar, 40, announced this week that he will retire at the end of the season and United have identified Stekelenburg, the Ajax goalkeeper and Van der Sar’s successor in the Holland team, as the man Sir Alex Ferguson believes is best suited to fill the huge void that Van der Sar will leave.

Stekelenburg, 28, will have only a year remaining on his existing contract with Ajax in the summer, which significantly reduces the Dutch club’s capacity to demand a large transfer fee.

New keeper is on the cards as Kuszczak plans exit

One of the biggest expectations during the recently closed transfer window was for Manchester United to secure a top class goalkeeper in preparation for veteran Edwin van der Sar’s impending retirement. Those expectations were further increased when Sir Alex Ferguson was prepared to allow Ben Foster move to Birmingham City but to the surprise of many, a replacement failed to materialise with Sir Alex putting all his faith in his number two keeper Tomasz Kuszczak. It was interesting see a report in the Manchester Evening News therefore that the Poland international is now contemplating a move away from Old Trafford despite van der Sar getting closer with every game to hanging up his gloves.