CHERRIES are looking at Bristol City’s captain Daniel Bentley to become their back-up goalkeeper, according to the Daily Mail and Bristol Live.

29-year-old Bentley, who is in the last year of his contract with the Robins, has reportedly drawn the attention of Scott Parker, who remains keen to bring in a back-up to established number one Mark Travers.

Previously, two goalkeepers have trialled with Cherries this pre-season, Jonas Lossl, who is still contracted to FC Midtjylland, and Alex Smithies, a free-agent following his release from Cardiff.

Parker told the Daily Echo that Smithies had suffered an elbow injury midway through his trial week, with the 32-year-old departing without a deal being offered.

Bentley, who joined Bristol City from Brentford in 2019, has made just shy of 130 appearances for the Robins, including 125 games in the Championship.

In combination with his spell at Brentford, Bentley has made 248 appearances in England’s second tier, but is yet to play in the Premier League.

The Daily Mail states that the opportunity to join a top-flight side is tempting for the goalkeeper, who would be willing to push Travers for the one starting spot in between the sticks.

Cherries opened their coffers for the first time earlier today, paying up to £12 million for Marcus Tavernier.

Tavernier became Cherries’ third transfer of the window, after the additions of Joe Rothwell and Ryan Fredericks on free transfers.