Recent reports from the Daily Mail have linked Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli with a January move to Southampton.
Although the Englishman has a strong bond with Fulham, the Whites must choose the sensible option and offload their second-choice goalkeeper.
Currently, Sergio Rico has established himself as the undisputed number one goalkeeper in SW6 and has largely justified his inclusion.
Fulham have had a whirlwind goalkeeping dilemma to date, with summer signing Fabri starting the campaign as number one.
The Spaniard lost his spot shortly after to Bettinelli, who produced sensational form early on in a victory against Burnley and a penalty save in a draw at Brighton.
But after a disappointing display in Fulham’s 4-2 disastrous loss at Cardiff, Slavisa Jokanovic installed Rico between the sticks.
The Sevilla loanee has still failed to keep a clean sheet, yet has made crucial saves and appears to command the penalty area with greater composure than Bettinelli.
Despite his role in Fulham’s promotion last season, Bettinelli has rarely started a season as first choice at Fulham, and appears to have little chance at reclaiming a starting spot at Craven Cottage.
If Southampton are to produce a multi-million pound bid for the English goalkeeper, Fulham must accept the offer and use the profits to invest in defensive reinforcements.