Rangers ready to launch bid for former Arsenal 22-year-old - report
By Alex Stevens
Rangers are eyeing a summer move for Southend goalkeeper David Bentley, according to a report.
The 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has failed to accept the offer of an improved deal from the League One club.
The Sun claim Rangers are keeping closes tabs Bentley, who has also attracted interest from Premier League duo Burnley and Bournemouth, and Championship outfit Brentford.
Bentley, 22, was on the books at Arsenal before being released as a teenager in 2009, and the Basildon-born goalkeeper joined nearby Southend United shortly after.
The giant 6ft 4in stopper has come up through the ranks at Roots Hall, and since making his first-team debut in 2011, he’s racked up 159 appearances in all competitions for the Shrimpers.
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Rangers are keen to lure Bentley up to Ibrox this summer and have the advantage over Bournemouth and Burnley in that they can offer more regular first-team football.
Wes Foderingham impressed in his first season at Ibrox, but with Cammy Bell seemingly having little future at Rangers and January signing Maciej Gostomski already departed, manager Mark Warburton is expected to bring in another shot stopper this summer.
Warburton has already landed four players from English clubs as Accrington duo Matt Crooks and Josh Windass, Liverpool teenager Jordan Rossiter and former England international Joey Barton have all joined the Light Blues.
The compensation laws for out of contract players means that Scottish clubs can sign young players aged 23 and under from England for just £250,000, a fraction of the cost that English clubs have to pay.