Swansea, Hull & Forest Ready to Battle For Southend Ace

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Swansea City, Hull City and Nottingham Forest are all reportedly keeping an eye on Southend United’s highly-rated goalkeeper Daniel Bentley, according to the Mirror.

bentleyThe 22-year-old had a superb season for the Shrimpers last term, which culminated in Southend gaining promotion to League One via a play-off final victory over Wycombe Wanderers.

The League One new boys are looking to get more than £1m for their star stopper, after Steve Bruce’s Hull had a £1m offer for Bentley turned down earlier in the summer.

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The Basildon-born man came through Southend’s youth academy – he’s gone onto play 98 league games for the Shrimpers since turning pro with them in 2009. Bentley was also named Southend United’s Player of the Season last term.

After already securing the capture of Kristoffer Nordfeldt from Dutch side Heerenveen this summer, Swans boss Garry Monk also made it clear that he wanted another keeper to bolster his ranks. The club also released David Cornell and Gerhard Tremmel.

Young Barcelona stopper Guillermo Lara was another ‘keeper linked with a potential move to the Liberty Stadium. However, a deal between the two clubs was never struck.

Swansea face competition from Championship duo Hull City and Nottingham Forest for Daniel Bentley, but the lure of him moving to a Premier League club could potentially make the Swans favourites to land his signature.

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