Leeds United have put Ben White on their list of top summer targets but new Premier League rules have meant this is less likely to happen.
White is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, who have been scouting him all season.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth said, “If a bidding war were to break out with Liverpool or Manchester City, Leeds would have to bow out, put together a presentation for a 2020/21 season-long loan and wait for a victor to emerge before firing up Orta’s projector.”
However, that can’t happen.
New Premier League rules for the 19/20 season state:
- Premier League clubs may not register more than two players on loan at any one time.
- The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club at any one time.
- Premier League clubs cannot loan to another Premier League club a player they have acquired in the same transfer window.
- A Premier League club may loan not more than one of its goalkeepers to another Premier League club.
The critical rule here is the third one down, which states that if Liverpool or Man City buy White, they cannot loan him to Leeds in the same transfer window.
It means the only way that White can line-up for the Whites next season is if he signs for Leeds on a permanent deal, or is loaned back from Brighton.
The latter seems really unlikely after comments from Brighton. If he stays, he’s likely to be a Brighton player.
If he signs for another Premier League side then White’s time at Leeds will have come to an end.
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