Southend keeper tipped for move to Irons

bentleyWest 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.”


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

13 comments on “Southend keeper tipped for move to Irons

  1. Old Brown-Tongue may not deal with us when we give his mate the boot but we could do with a decent back up keeper with Jussi going

  2. The player wants to come to us, as does his GF lol, when a players head is turned there is little they can do. Southend will take the money and probably add a sell on clause and appearance bonus. Good business for a smaller club.

    • I agree Sean I was only joshing, Brown wouldn’t have the power at that level to keep him if he wanted to go. Any idea if he’s a Hammer and can we have a Phil Brown embargo? A bit like the sunbed he’s getting too much exposure on here lol

  3. Been talk about getting this guy for a fair while it seems.Maybe now all the speculation will actually transpire into a transfer.Havnt seen his gf but if she is hot sign him up 😉

  4. 6′ 4″ 21 year old – local lad – over a hundred games for Southend – what’s not to like!

  5. Sounds good. Has Spiegel been deemed too lightweight for Premier League duty then?

  6. Yes, Spiegal contract runs out in a few days too and has not made the grade I am told

  7. I thought I read somewhere (or did I see it on West Ham TV) that Spiegel would sign a new deal with West Ham ? But maybe not…

  8. Not from what I heard but things change. However they usually sign up players they want to keep early rather than waiting for their contracts to expire. Ask Carlton

  9. Big jump L2 to premier league. Not sure if i would be confident in this lad if Adrian got injured. Good keeper but never played higher than L2.
    Shares the same name as my nephew, gold medal winner at Para Olympics in bejing & bronze london.
    good omen maybe…

  10. In what event essex?

  11. Heared some good things about this lad from a couple of Shrimpers fans i know,they rate him 😉

  12. If Adrien is the future then you just need backup not someone pushing for his position at the moment and we a have a good young keeper coming through,it’s down to price and having to find a lot of money to cover a lot players leaving,

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