By David Woods

10th Aug, 2020 | 9:26am

Blow for Ben White move as Brighton reportedly open talks with PL side over CB deal

Ben White will know exactly how much he means to Leeds United fans after #FreeBenWhite was one of the biggest trends on Twitter over the weekend. 

That hasn’t gone down well with Brighton fans who appear to have been triggered by fan feeling over a player they’d never heard of before Leeds turned him into a superstar.

His future is still up in the air but there’s one thing that’s certain at the moment – he’s currently a Brighton player.

And Leeds’ chances of signing him have taken a blow after the latest report from The Sun.

They claim that Brighton have rejected Leeds’ advances and claimed that Graham Potter wants to start White in the Premier League.

And they’ve opened talks with newly-promoted West Brom over a move for centre-back Shane Duffy.

Brighton owner Tony Bloom had given hope over a deal for White after admitting that his club had too many centre-backs.

Talking in The Atheltic, Bloom had said, “I’m not going to speculate on whether we may or may not get offers for many of our players. We certainly do have an abundance of centre-backs and there are constant discussions between myself and Graham and Dan (Ashworth, technical director) and the recruitment team about what our needs are, what’s going to be happening.”

Getting Duffy off the books makes it that much less likely that White will be allowed to leave.

There’s still hope. White has so far rejected Brighton advances over a new deal and his future could come down to where he wants to play.

Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross has said that White might have to “force” through a move if he does want to come back to Elland Road.

White doesn’t seem like that sort of player but no club wants a player who wants to be somewhere else.

The news on Duffy isn’t good, though.

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