According to a report in the Daily Mail, Leeds United are stepping up their pursuit of Southend United goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.
Leeds are said to have had scouts at a number of Southend matches throughout the 2015/16 campaign, and representatives from the club watched Bentley play against Port Vale at the weekend.
In that match, the 22-year-old kept a clean sheet, in a 1-0 victory for the Shrimpers, as he kept Vale's attacking talents at bay.
Bentley has developed a reputation as one of the finest goalkeepers in the Football League, after he kept 11 consecutive clean sheets at Roots Hall last season.
Leeds reportedly feel that he would offer plenty to their squad, as Marco Silvestri's performances have proved to be rather erratic this season.
Bentley's contract at Southend expires at the end of the season, meaning that he could be available on a cut-price deal in January.