According to a report from the Telegraph, West Ham are eyeing a move for Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli as a potential alternative to Darren Randolph and Neil Etheridge.
The Hammers currently have real problems in the goalkeeping department.
Moves for Randolph and Etheridge seem to be stagnating. The Middlesbrough ace’s proposed move back to West Ham has hit a brick wall because of concerns regarding the outcome of his medical.
Meanwhile, in Etheridge’s case, the Hammers and Cardiff City seem to be a long way apart in their respective valuations of the 29-year-old.
And because of those problems, the Telegraph claims that West Ham have switched their attention to Fulham’s Marcus Bettinelli.
Would the Fulham man be a good signing for the Hammers?
The 27-year-old has played 14 Championship games for the Cottagers this season. And he has let in just 15 goals, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
Standing at 6ft 4in tall, Bettinelli is an imposing figure, and he commands his penalty area with authority.
The Camberwell-born goalkeeper is a decent shot stopper, and he possesses impressive reflexes. He would undoubtedly be an upgrade on Roberto and David Martin.
It remains unclear, however, as to whether Scott Parker – a three-time Hammer of the Year winner, will be prepared to allow Bettinelli to leave Craven Cottage this month.
The 27-year-old is under contract with Fulham until the summer of 2021 (with an option of a further year). So West Ham will probably have to pay a decent fee in order to prise him away from the west London club.
And considering his lack of Premier League experience and calibre, that might just be a problem. Especially with the way the Hammers owners think.