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Paul Robinson has said that Ben White has to be the number one transfer target for Leeds this summer.
Leeds tried to sign White last summer with Marcelo Bielsa admitting the club had bid £30m for the versatile centre-back.
However, Brighton refused to sell him and White has been a central part of Graham Potter’s side this season.
Brighton are struggling, though, and are currently only outside of the Premier League bottom three on goal difference.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “100%, I think Ben White should be the number one target in the summer.
“Diego Llorente has looked good but he’s still off the pace for me. The goal against West Ham was a mistake by the keeper but it was still Llorente’s man that got away from him.
“The way that Ben White’s performed in a struggling Brighton side – as well as he did for Leeds in the Championship – means he should be Orta’s number one target.
“He can play centre-back, holding midfield, he knows the club. [Robin] Koch and Llorente were brought in to replace White and while I know they have had injuries, they haven’t done that.
“For me, he has to be their number one target regardless of whether Brighton go down or not.”
There are plenty of Leeds fans who would love to see White back but is it realistic?
Brighton aren’t going to sell at the £30m mark if they’re in the top-flight and, despite struggling in the Premier League, we think they’re too good to go down.
If they are relegated then there’s a chance Brighton will have to sell at a price Leeds could afford.
If not, Leeds might have to carry on admiring him from afar.
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