Leeds United appear to have finally found their new defender in Real Sociedad’s Diego Llorente after weeks of different targets.

Robin Koch arrived at Elland Road after months of negotiations over Ben White at Brighton, although the Whites didn’t stop there.

Another Seagulls defender that caught Leeds’ eye was Haydon Roberts, with the Whites already tabling an offer for the 18-year-old [David Ornstein].

Unfortunately for Marcelo Bielsa, Brighton once again are refusing to play ball and sell one of their young talents to a Premier League rival.

Graham Potter has spoken out on Roberts and has claimed that he believes in the young defender despite having numerous options ahead of him.

“He’s self-confident but knows he has still got some work to do in terms of how he is developing,” he told Sussex Live.

“That’s just normal because of his age but he’s ambitious, he’s confident and he wants to play. He has trained with us for a long time now and I’m looking forward to helping him take the next step, which is to be on the pitch for us and play games.”

In the same report from Sussex Live, they claimed that Leeds’ offer was only around £800,000 and was quickly rejected.

Compare that to the near-£20million offer that was accepted for Llorente, and Leeds have gone down a different route.

The Spaniard will offer serious competition and experience at Elland Road, rather than Roberts who would only find himself on the bench or even in the under-23s.

The 18-year-old has been in first-team training with Brighton, and despite him receiving a glowing review from the Daily Mail’s Secret Scout – Llorente is certainly the better option.

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