Maarten Stekelenburg becomes Ronald Koeman's first signing as Everton boss

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Image: Maarten Stekelenburg has joined Everton from Fulham

Everton have signed goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on a three-year deal from Fulham for an undisclosed fee.

The 33-year-old, who played under Koeman at Ajax and on-loan at Southampton last season, becomes the new Everton boss' first signing at Goodison Park.

"I'm very happy - things have moved very fast over the last couple days," Stekelenburg told evertontv.

"He [Koeman] has come to Everton and he called me a few days after asking if I was willing to follow him. It wasn't difficult to make that choice.

"He's one of the best coaches - he's straight talking, he's fair and he has confidence in me which counts as well.

"I've been here [in England] for a couple of seasons and I love the Premier League. It's fantastic that I can stay."

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Image: Stekelenburg played under Koeman at Southampton last season

Manager Koeman added: "Obviously I know Maarten well having worked with him at two clubs before.

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"I know through his professionalism, hardworking approach and personality he will fit in well with what I will be building at Everton."

Stekelenburg, who was a World Cup runner-up with the Netherlands in 2010, spent almost a decade at Ajax, winning two Eredivisie titles and three KNVB Cups.

Image: Stekelenburg helped Netherlands reach the World Cup final in 2010

He joined Roma in 2011 before moving to Fulham two years later.

Stekelenburg spent the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Monaco before making a temporary switch to Southampton last season, where he played 25 games after a long-term injury suffered by regular stopper Fraser Forster.

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