Arsenal And Fulham To Battle For Signature Of American Goalkeeper

adidas-response-junior-goalkeepers-glove-2__36376_zoomLondon rivals Arsenal and Fulham are set to battle each other for young American goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell.

The 17-year old shot stopper has been on trial with League One club Brentford but has impressed scouts from both Premier League teams. The player is currently a member of North Carolina Fusion but wants a move to England to help further his career.

Arsenal are known for developing youth players under Arsene Wenger which makes the Gunners an attractive to option, not to mention their status as a top European club. The future of current number on Wojciech Szczesny is in doubt and Wenger wants to make sure he has a reliable goalkeeper to call on next season.

Fulham have gotten rid of their own number one, releasing Mark Schwarzer, who has now joined Chelsea. The Cottagers can offer Caldwell a more realistic chance at first team football while Craven Cottage has played home to many American footballers in the past.

Brian McBride, Clint Dempsey, Kasey Keller, Carlos Bocanegra and Eddie Johnson have all played for Fulham and the club hope Caldwell will carry on that proud tradition following the takeover from American billionaire Shahid Khan.

Caldwell would also be following in the footsteps of Brad Friedel and Tim Howard playing their game in the Premier League as goalkeepers as well as Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan.

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