Southend United boss Phil Brown labels Leeds United target 'Schmeichel-esque'

Daniel Bentley has been linked with a move to Leeds United.

Leeds United chairman and owner Massimo Cellino was spotted at the Southend United v Morecambe League Two clash on the final day of the Football League season, rather than going to see his team take on Sheffield Wednesday.

It immediately had whispers doing the rounds that Cellino may have been monitoring Southend goalkeeper David Bentley.

The talented stopper was linked with a move to Leeds by The Mail in January and former boss Brian McDermott was also rumoured to be a big fan of the 21-year-old.

He has helped Southend to a League Two play-off final against Wycombe Wanderers and now his boss has glowing things to say about his talent.

Phil Brown, formerly of Hull City, is quoted the Express as telling BBC Sport, that Bentley is like Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel on the training ground:

"I watched him on the training ground and everything about him was almost Schmeichel-esque.

"You could see in his approach he wanted to be the best he could possibly be."

Peter Schmeichel, whose son Kasper spent a stint at Leeds, is generally considered to be the best custodian in Premier League history, so that is some compliment.

Leeds recently let Stuart Taylor and Alex Cairns leave Elland Road on free transfers, leaving Marco Silvestri - who was part of the 'sicknote six' toward the end of last season - as their only front-line keeper for next season.

Bentley certainly sounds like a good option to change that.

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