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Summer interest in Bettinelli shows Adrian's West Ham days are numbered

West Ham were one of two Premier League clubs who had an interest in Fulham’s promotion-winning goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that the English glovesman spurned advances from the Hammers and fellow London club Crystal Palace before the transfer window closed last week.

However, the report also goes on to say that Bettinelli is now considering his future at Craven Cottage after being frozen out by Slavisa Jokanovic, which could well be bad news for one current West Ham man in particular – Adrian.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – JULY 21: Adrian San Miguel of West Ham United warms up prior to the pre-season friendly between Preston North End and West Ham United at Deepdale on July 21, 2018 in Preston, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Manuel Pellegrini’s summer interest in Bettinelli, coupled with the cut-price purchase of Lukasz Fabianski in the summer, indicates that Adrian is swiftly becoming surplus to requirements at the London Stadium.

The early-season signs are not good between Bettinelli and Fulham, with Jokanovic citing an injury for his exclusion on the first day of the season but the goalie moved to deny it.

That points to a potential January departure, and while the Englishman may not be overly keen to play second fiddle to Fabianski, he is currently third choice at the Cottage.

All of that adds up to suggest that the uncapped Spaniard is slipping out of the picture under Pellegrini and it would not be a major surprise to see him look for a move in the January window.

There were reports in the summer that Adrian would leave if Fabianski signed for the club. He stayed of course, but interest in Bettinelli is sure to make him feel all the more unwanted.

If Bettinelli is still unsettled in January, Pellegrini returning to bring him to the London Stadium and offloading Adrian would not be a surprising turn of events.

The Englishman is a younger, more promising goalkeeper who could give Fabianski fresh competition for places. It would be a shame to see Adrian leave but if Pellegrini can get his man at the second time of asking, Adrian should depart in the mid-season window.

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