The 21 year old has been a near ever present for the Shrimpers over the last couple of seasons and has been watched by the Hammers during that period.
Sam Allardyce and Southend boss Phil Brown have a close relationship from Bolton days and Bentley could find himself on the move to Upton park as back-up to Adrian next summer.
A Hammers source told Claretandhugh: “The goalkeeping position is one we are looking to strengthen in the summer. Jussi can still do a job if needed but we have to look to the future.
Benley is a good young keeper but we have a long short list although he would figure prominently upon it.”