Southend United manager Phil Brown out to fend off interest from Premier League and Championship clubs for Daniel Bentley

Daniel Bentley - attracting interest from the Premier League and Championship

Daniel Bentley - attracting interest from the Premier League and Championship

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SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown is determined to hang on to goalkeeper Daniel Bentley, despite interest from a number of clubs.

Sides from the Premier League and the Championships have enquired about the availability of the 21-year-old shot stopper.

But Brown does not want the Wickford based Bentley to leave.

“There have been a number of enquiries about Daniel now but no actual bids and this transfer window needs to hurry up and close,” said the Shrimpers chief.

“We’ve had teams from the Premier League and the Championship making enquiries about him and it doesn’t really surprise me.

“But my recommendation to the board will be to make sure we keep hold of our better players to give us the best chance possible of winning promotion this season.”

Bentley, who came through the youth ranks at Roots Hall, has now established himself as one of the best young goalkeepers in the Football League.

Echosport revealed earlier this week, how he was being watched by scouts from the England under 21 set up.

But Brown does not want the Shrimpers to be known as a selling club.

“Since I’ve been here I think we have been a progressive club and not a selling one which is music to my ears,” said the Blues boss.

“We paid money for Cian Bolger at the start of this season and we’ve also managed to get our best players, which includes Daniel, to sign new contracts at the club.

“As a group, we also have individual and collective targets for the players and we want Daniel to stay with us.”

Bentley, a former Bromfords School pupil, has now made 70 appearances for the Shrimpers.

He kept 21 clean sheets last season and could well attract more interest before the transfer window slums shut on Monday.

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1:49pm Thu 28 Aug 14

joyce from scotland says...

Dan Bentley is undoubtedly a brilliant young English keeper & will get better with more experience. But every player has his price -- remember a few years back when Southend turned down £1 million from West Ham for young keeper Simon Royce ... and then he left for nothing a year or so later.
We also have very decent back up in Paul & Ted Smith so if we get a big bid for Bentley we shouldnt stand in his way . The future is bright for Blues what ever happens !
Dan Bentley is undoubtedly a brilliant young English keeper & will get better with more experience. But every player has his price -- remember a few years back when Southend turned down £1 million from West Ham for young keeper Simon Royce ... and then he left for nothing a year or so later. We also have very decent back up in Paul & Ted Smith so if we get a big bid for Bentley we shouldnt stand in his way . The future is bright for Blues what ever happens ! joyce from scotland
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5:11pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Illinois10 says...

Unfortunately, with Mr Martin as Chairman, all he sees is £££ and I dont think he actually cares about the club...It would be a massive shame if DB gets sold and if that happens, all the fans can wave goodbye to promotion
Unfortunately, with Mr Martin as Chairman, all he sees is £££ and I dont think he actually cares about the club...It would be a massive shame if DB gets sold and if that happens, all the fans can wave goodbye to promotion Illinois10
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5:37pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Maddogg says...

What's a transfer window slum?
What's a transfer window slum? Maddogg
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8:27pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Southend Andy says...

if a offer of £1 million + is tabled then we can't really turn it down. We can put add ons in like, sell on, appearances & international call ups. never know they may do a loan back.
if a offer of £1 million + is tabled then we can't really turn it down. We can put add ons in like, sell on, appearances & international call ups. never know they may do a loan back. Southend Andy
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7:33am Fri 29 Aug 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Let's be honest if there's enough money on the table, he'll go. It never has stopped any player in the past at the club from going. Hard up low division clubs are a known target by big clubs and have been for years. If you were highly talented in his position who'd you rather play for?
Let's be honest if there's enough money on the table, he'll go. It never has stopped any player in the past at the club from going. Hard up low division clubs are a known target by big clubs and have been for years. If you were highly talented in his position who'd you rather play for? SARFENDMAN
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