Celtic are reportedly interested in raiding Championship promotion hopefuls Fulham for goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli as Neil Lennon looks to replace Fraser Forster – but do Leeds need to join Celtic in pursuit?
Bettinelli, 28, has lost his place in Fulham’s starting line-up with Marek Rodak starting ahead of him between the sticks. Called up by England in September and October 2018, Bettinelli now looks set to leave Fulham.
That is because the goalkeeper has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Craven Cottage. The Daily Mail claim Celtic are looking to take advantage and lure Bettinelli north of the border, after talks to sign Forster failed.
The report states that Celtic could sign the former Accrington Stanley loanee for as little as £1million – and at that price, surely it cannot just be Celtic interested in signing a player that was in England’s squad last season.
Indeed, Leeds United and Victor Orta have got to be on red alert. The Whites, who edged closer to Premier League football for the first time in 16 years on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Swansea, desperately need a goalkeeper.
Kiko Casilla has been linked with the exit door this summer after an indifferent spell at Leeds. He has been banned for the last eight games after being found guilty of racially abusing Jonathan Leko, during a clash against Charlton.
Illan Meslier, who remains on loan from Lorient has starred in his place, keeping five clean sheets in eight. The French ace is expected to sign a permanent deal, but with Casilla likely to leave, another goalkeeper is needed.
Bettinelli could be ideal. Decent with the ball at his feet, Premier League experience and available on the cheap – Leeds would be foolish not to consider a move for the English goalkeeper as cover for Meslier next season.