'Straight back in with a bid' – Exclusive: Pundit claims Leeds will move for loanee if promoted
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Paul Robinson doesn’t think Leeds loanee Ben White will be a Brighton player next season.
White has enjoyed a standout season on loan at Leeds that’s got him on the radar of clubs like Liverpool.
Brighton’s technical director Dan Ashworth said that White is a player he hoped would be on the south coast for years to club.
As quoted in the Argus, he said, “He [White] would certainly be part of plans in either scenario and a young talent we would be looking to keep here for a number of years.”
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said Leeds should do anything they could to sign White on a permanent deal and should look to exhaust their options with White before looking at any alternatives.
“I think Brighton would love to hold onto Ben White for years to come but I can see their resilience being severely tested in the summer,” Robinson said.
“Leeds United, without a doubt, go straight back in with a bid. He’s got a great relationship with the fans and with the manager – how great that is will get tested in the summer when the likes of Liverpool come in.
“Brighton, listen you can say you want to hold onto a player all you like, but when the biggest clubs in Europe come knocking and the chequebook is large then your players go.”
“I honestly can’t see Ben White in a Brighton shirt next season,” Robinson added.
“There are far too many suitors after him and the Premier League top four are looking at him and may want to take advantage of a weakened transfer market to try and land him.
“He’s a very good player and I can’t see him playing for Brighton next season, wherever they’re playing.
“I think Ben White has to the number one option for Leeds and they should do anything they can to secure his services for next season.
“Only when they’ve exhausted those efforts should they look to bring someone else in.”
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