Could James Beattie appointment lead Leeds United to keeper who turned down the English champions?

Accrington Stanley Manager James Beattie

Leeds United's new first team coach handed Fulham's number 1 his first taste of the Football League at Accrington.

Accrington Stanley manager James BeattieFormer Accrington boss Beattie is Leeds' new first team coach

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United hope to sign a new goalkeeper this summer. The target, they say, will likely be British, with Lees Camp and Grant listed as potential candidates.

So far, the Whites have acquired three new signings, with two of those already familiar to Elland Road management team Garry Monk and Pep Clotet.

Kyle Bartley played both with and under Monk at Swansea City, while Marcus Antonsson was bossed by Clotet at Halmstads BK.

But with a new first team coach in place as of last Friday, the pair will have a fresh list of contacts to work from.

Prior to his appointments at Leeds and Swansea, James Beattie was the manager of League Two side Accrington Stanley, where Marcus Bettinelli was his goalkeeper for much of the 2013-14 campaign.

Tranmere Rovers' Abdulai Bell Baggie (top) in action with Accrington Stanley's Marcus BettinelliBettinelli in action for Accrington

The Italian-sounding Englishman was one of Beattie's early signings - and one of his later ones too after Fulham recalled him mid-season - and went on to appear 39 times in the league, keeping 11 clean sheets.

But with his parent club relegated at the end of that season, Bettinelli found himself thrust into action as a Championship number 1 and sufficiently impressed - earning his first cap for England's Under-21s little over a year later.

England's Ben Gibson, Danny Ings, Matt Targett, Marcus Bettinelli, Jack Butland, Jake Forster Caskey and Alex Pritchard during trainingBettinelli (middle) with England Under-21 colleagues

"I’m forever grateful to Beatts and the club for taking the chance on me," Bettinelli told the Accrington website afterwards. "I’d never played in the league, I’d only played in the league below for Dartford and it was a gamble especially with the position that Accrington were in when I joined."

In between, the 24-year-old had even found himself linked with a move to Chelsea - the then-Premier League champions. Though he admitted to the London Evening Standard: "It would have been silly to stop playing now and go and be a number 3."

Though injury restricted Bettinelli to just 11 league appearances last season, he returned in time to spare Fulham the drop.

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci has his shot saved by Fulham's Marcus BettinelliBettinelli denies ex-Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci

But with the Cottagers struggling to strengthen their squad ahead of the new campaign, a reunion with Beattie at Leeds is bound to appeal.

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