Is Daniel Bentley the reason Leeds owner Massimo Cellino was at Morecambe v Southend?

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Was Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino scouting long rumoured target Daniel Bentley?

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino stayed away from Elland Road on the last day of the season, despite being cleared to attend by the Football League.

The Italian had been suspended by the Football League and is set to return, but was a surprise attendee at a League Two match between Morecambe and Southend United.

The official reason for his visit is unexplained, but there is one very possible explanation, that he was there to scout Daniel Bentley.

Leeds have twice been linked with the Southend United goalkeeper over the past year. The Mail reported in January that the Whites were interested in the goalkeeper, along with Nottingham Forest.

The same paper reported last April that Leeds United boss at the time Brian McDermott had attended a Rochdale v Southend United game to check out Bentley in action.

The impressive shot stopper is just 21-years-old and has a contract with Southend until 2016.

He has made 41 league appearances for the club this season, conceding just 31 goals, and has played more than 100 times for Southend.

Bentley still has a further part to play in 2014/15, with Southend set to face Stevenage in the League Two play-offs.

If Cellino was there to consider him as a potential signing, it would place further doubt over the future of Marco Silvestri.

The Italian goalkeeper had been a regular this season, but was one of the club's controversial 'injured six', and did not play in any of the last three games, unselected by Neil Redfearn despite claiming to have recovered his fitness.

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