QPR are lining up a move for League Two keeper of the year Dan Bentley should Rob Green depart.
Rangers boss Chris Ramsey is worried that after the departure of Alex McCarthy to Crystal Palace he will be left with no established gloveman should his number one go as well.
Bentley was League Two PFA pick of the year in goal, and won rave reviews all season for his heroics (see video), not least because of his penalty shoot-out saves at Wembley that won promotion for the Shrimpers in May.
Southend turned down bids for coveted Bentley in January, and at the end of the season when Hull’s £1m offer was dismissed out of hand.
However, a move to Rangers would better suit Wickford based custodian and allow him to stay in the south-east close to family.
Southend would also be tempted by an increased offer for the 22-year-old, who will double his reported £6k-a-week wages and save his club losing a hefty fee for a player in the last year of his contract.
Bentley might even reconsider selling his £21,000 priced BMW (see tweet).
Ramsey reckoned Rs had irons in the fire should Green follow McCarthy to the exit.
“It’s still our choice whether we sell Rob,” he said. “But you’re right, we could be in vulnerable position. Les (Ferdinand, director off football) and the board members are making sure that won’t happen.”