Leeds United interested in 20-year-old touted for the very top - report

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Leeds United's summer makeover could begin with Southend United goalkeeper Daniel Bentley, who has been tipped by Sky Sports to reach the very top.

The Cellino revolution, which many predicted would start in Italy, could in fact begin on the East coast as Leeds take a look at highly-rated goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Leeds United are 'monitoring' the Southend goalkeeper. A new recruit in this position will come as no surprise to supporters who expect to see loanee Jack Butland return to his parent club, and former number one Paddy Kenny to move along in the summer.

Earlier in the year, Sky Sports Scout ran a feature on the young goalkeeper tipped for a big future and labelled him as having a potential value of £10 million.

'A huge talent, sure, there may be a couple of rough edges, but this boy is destined for big things,' said the scout.

'Southend will probably only get one full season out of him - if they are lucky.'

His agility and shot-stopping were the factors that immediately caught the eye, while the report described him as having no glaring weaknesses whatsoever.

In the last transfer window, the goalkeeper's form left Southend manager Phil Brown anxious about holding on to him.

'When you have a goalkeeper playing like we do you can't wait for the transfer window to close to be honest,' said Brown.

'Daniel has the ability to go all the way in the game, but I just hope that's with me and nobody else.'

Leeds United will be hoping to ruin Phil Brown's vision by snapping the Basildon-born Bentley up.

The talented youngster looks to be the right sort of player that McDermott should bring in to Elland Road, as he looks to put together a side that can challenge for promotion next season and beyond.

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