Brentford have joined the extended queue of clubs looking to swoop on Southend goalkeeper Daniel Bentley, according to GetWestLondon.
The 22-year-old has impressed at Roots Hall this season, but is out of contract after turning down a new deal to play at a higher level.
Bentley is a product of the Arsenal youth academy, but has been at Southend since 2009 and has previously spoken about his high ambitions to play in the Premier League.
Bentley kept 10 clean sheets in 42 League One appearances this season, but Southend boss Phil Brown is resigned to losing him.
The positive outcome for Southend will be that any of the four clubs that swoops on the highly regarded shot-stopper will have to pay the League One side a compensation package.
Southend are expected to use the compensation money to find a successor for Bentley during the summer transfer market.
The report names Premier League duo Burnley and Bournemouth, as well Scottish giants Rangers, as being interested in Bentley.
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