West Ham’s principal sponsor Betway have hinted long term Hammers target Daniel Bentley will be joining West Ham next season. The Betway bookmakers sent out a tweet saying “Whatever happens in tomorrow’s L2 playoff, expect to see Southend’s Daniel Bentley at a higher level. Trust us.” When asked whether he would be joining West Ham Betway’s official twitter answered “That would be telling…”
Jussi Jaaskelainen contract with West Ham is due to expire in a few days time and West Ham are in the market for an understudy for Adrian.
Last Summer Bentley’s girlfriend posted on social media ‘West Ham want to sign my boyfriend, Premier League here we come!’
Basildon-born Bentley began his career with Arsenal, aged eight only to be released by the Gunners in 2008, before he was snapped up by Southend. Bentley played for their Under-18s before he was handed a professional contract in the summer of 2009. A loan spell at Braintree Town was followed by a big step up taking over from the injured Paul Smith.
Southend manager Phil Brown previously dismissed speculation last summer linking goalkeeper Daniel Bentley with a move to West Ham saying “I heard the rumour and wanted to check it out so I gave Sam a call in New Zealand, you have to do these things to cover yourself, especially if you’re going to lose your first choice goalkeeper. However, Sam never made any reference to wanting to bring Daniel in.”