Date: 22nd July 2017 at 8:32am
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Bristol City had been linked with Marcus Bettinelli several weeks ago but nothing came of reports.

Interest has now ended, according to the Bristol Post.

Bettinelli, watched by Bristol City goalkeeping coach David Coles in the past, has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City this summer, but is now expected to remain at Fulham.

The Post said: ‘According to sources close to the West London club, Bettinelli was wanted by City but they have now cooled their interest, with Bettinelli instead due to sign a new contract with the Cottagers.’

Adding: ‘That deal has effectively knocked out the Robins’ interest and meant that City would not be able to fit the goalkeeper into their wage structure even if they did continue their interest.’

Bristol City’s interest might have ended but the report went on to say it was ‘still possible that a big money move could tempt Bettinelli elsewhere’ but an extended stay at Craven Cottage is most likely.

David Button, who lost his place to Bettinelli at the end of last season, could be targeted but that deal would also be unlikely as the former Brentford keepers wages, even if he might be prepared to leave Fulham, would be too high for the Robins.

A loan arrival coming in would be most likely but it is possible Ivan Lucic or Max O’Leary could potentially be given the chance to compete with Frank Fielding to become the number one at Ashton Gate.

Meanwhile, former Bristol City keeper Elliot Parish has joined Scottish club Dundee, having left Accrington most recently, on a one year deal.

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