Fulham are preparing to offer goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli a new contract to fend off interest from Premier League rivals including West Ham United, according to The Sun.

After missing the first two games of the season, the stopper returned to the first team for the 4-2 win over Burnley and helped the Cottagers draw 2-2 with Brighton & Hove Albion by saving a penalty.

His form has led to an England call-up for the Nations League matches against Spain and Switzerland.

Gareth Southgate worked with Bettinelli when he was in charge of the Under-21s and has added him to his squad alongside Jack Butland, Alex McCarthy and Jordan Pickford.

The Sun reports that both Crystal Palace and West Ham United are interested in the 26-year-old, whose Fulham contract expires at the end of next summer.

The managers of both sides would seemingly like to bring in a younger man to challenge and potentially replace their current crop of aging goalkeepers.

Bettinelli, who has spent his whole career at Craven Cottage, apart from loan spells with Dartford and Accrington Stanley, was a key player as the London club earned promotion from the Championship last season via the play-offs.

Fulham are understandably keen to keep him and ensure he stays with the club for the long-term.

His involvement with the England squad will only heighten interest among other teams and strengthen his own negotiating position.

The Sun also claims that Chelsea were considering an approach during the summer.

He may well eventually graduate from an England Under-21 international to full honours if he continues to play as well as he is currently.

All the more reason for Fulham’s keenness for him to sign a new contract and commit his future to the club.

Following the international break, the Cottagers resume their Premier League campaign by travelling to reigning champions Manchester City.


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