It is being reported by the Daily Mail that Sky Bet Championship duo Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers are interested in Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli. Whilst he was first choice under Slavisa Jokanovic last season, he is unlikely to be this season after signing a new goalkeeper, and another may follow.
The question now is if Fulham are indeed prepared to sell the player. Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico is primed to complete a deadline day switch to Craven Cottage. Fabri has already signed from Besiktas, which highlights the fact Jokanovic felt the goalkeeping situation could be drastically improved at the club. Bettinelli surely won’t be happy to be a sub, at best, in the season to come.
Dropping down into the Sky Bet Championship again may seem a backward step in one regard, but quite simply, he would play more. In the case of Bristol City, they are missing current first choice Frank Fielding long-term through injury, and wouldn’t say no to adding the former England Under-21 international to their ranks at Ashton Gate. Queens Park Rangers have only made one signing this summer, and lost key keeper Alex Smithies earlier in the window. Michael Ingram started the season between the sticks, but he is inexperienced at Sky Bet Championship level.
It is likely to be a situation that will rumble right until the 5pm deadline. Quite possibly, other clubs in the English second tier could declare their interest in the player, who has a promotion out of this division on his CV, when winning the play-off last season.