Simon Jones of The Daily Mail is reporting that Hull City have joined the race to sign highly-rated Southend keeper, Daniel Bentley.

The shot-stopper kept 20 clean sheets in 41 games in League Two, helping Southend gain promotion to the 3rd tier of English football.

The Mail are suggesting that Steve Bruce is preparing a £750,000 bid for the upcoming star to persuade Southend to sell.

Steve Bruce is currently short on goalkeepers having released Steve Harper after his side suffered relegation.

Bentley caught the eye of many top English sides after his heroic performance in the League Two play-off final. A fine performance was topped off when he kept out the decisive spot-kick in a penalty shoot-out.

West Ham, Watford and Leeds have been linked with the emerging goalkeeper. However, they have failed to meet Southend’s £1m asking price.

The Daily Mail also state that Nottingham Forest and Swansea are scouting the goalkeeper but the goalkeeper has his eyes set on a move to the KC.

Aged at only 22, Bentley has been labelled as one of the best emerging goalkeepers in England.