Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli is undergoing a medical at Middlesbrough today as he puts the finishing touches to a season-long loan move, Football Insider understands.
Bettinelli, 28, is due on Teesside to finalise the transfer after Fulham accepted Boro’s loan bid.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider the north-east outfit will pay a fix-figure sum to take the keeper for the 2020-21 campaign.
Neil Warnock has long made it a priority to bring in a new keeper and he is set to make proven performer Bettinelli his first choice in goal.
The Cottagers academy product may have played his last game for his boyhood club as his contract is due to expire next summer.
He has made 120 appearances for Fulham since graduating from their youth team, conceding 159 goals and keeping 31 clean sheets.
Bettinelli played second fiddle to Slovakian Marel Rodak for most of the London club’s Championship promotion campaign.
The more senior man began the season in goal and started 14 of Fulham’s first 15 league games.
But Rodak then took over from Bettinelli and did not lose his grip on the number one shirt for the rest of the campaign.
Leaving Fulham will be a strange experience for the former England Under-21 international.
He joined the Cottagers as a 14-year-old and worked his way through the ranks before establishing himself in the senior set-up.
Bettinelli has previously had loan spells at Accrington Stanley and Dartford Town.