Leeds United manager Brian McDermott was at Rochdale on Good Friday to see Southend United goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.
The 20-year-old kept a clean sheet as Southend ran out 3-0 winners. Bentley has been in sparkling form for the League Two side and Leeds consider him a potential star in the making. Bentley, who stands at 6ft 4ins, could replace veteran Paddy Kenny should he leave this summer.
Bentley, who could become the first signing of the Massimo Cellino era this summer, has racked up 60+ appearances since making his debut for the Essex outfit, as an 18-year-old.
The 6ft 4ins shot-stopper first made headlines in January 2013, when he was brought on by then-boss Paul Sturrock as a replacement for first-choice Paul Smith, ahead of their penalty shoot-out victory over Oxford United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy semi-final.
He would be a good fit for Leeds, whose ageing side is in desperate need of young blood and wouldn’t make too much of a dent on the club’s massive wage-bill.