By Matt Bullin
Nottingham Forest are eyeing a swoop for Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, according to a report.
HITC Sport claim Forest manager Mark Warburton is on the look out for a new goalkeeper, and 25-year-old Bettinelli is one of his top summer targets.
It is said the Englishman is unsettled at Championship title-contenders Fulham, as he was forced to play second fiddle to David Button last season.
The report states Bettinelli would be willing to leave the Cottagers this summer, if it appears that he will not be their first choice between the sticks next term.
Forest’s current goalkeeping options are Jordan Smith and Stephen Henderson, but it seems as though Warburton would prefer the 25-year-old.
The one-time England Under-21 international broke into the first team at Fulham in January 2011, but a string of loan spells have limited his impact at the club.
Bettinelli has made 68 appearances across all competitions for the Cottagers, 13 of which came in the 2016-17 campaign.
Fulham are currently third favourites and priced at 9/1 with SkyBet to win the Championship title next season.
Football Insider verdict
Henderson had been Forest’s first choice shot-stopper for the majority of last season, but an ankle injury ended his campaign in February. Warburton was clearly unimpressed with Smith’s efforts as deputy as well, because he appears keen on Bettinelli. The Fulham goalkeeper is at the stage of his career where first team football is vital, and it seems as though he is ready to take the plunge in order to secure it. However, if he does make a switch to Forest he will move from a club fighting for play-off places, to one which battling relegation – unless Warburton makes some seriously good additions this summer.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Warburton has confirmed his third summer signing.