Leeds United want Ben White for their first season back in the Premier League for 16 years.
The Sun reported that Leeds have had two bids rejected, the last for £22m, but aren’t giving up their pursuit.
However, that report also claimed Liverpool and Chelsea are interested.
Talking on the Sunday Session with Darren Bent (talkSPORT, Sunday, 1.35pm), south-coast reporter Alex Crook talked about a potential deal.
Crook said that while the “not for sale sign” is the official position so far, that could change if Liverpool made their interest official.
“They [Leeds] have had a second bid for Brighton defender Ben White rejected,” Crook said. “They initially bid £18.5m, they’ve now upped that to £22m but the not for sale sign is going firmly up on the south coast.”
Former Leeds player Jermaine Beckford said he wanted to see White back at Leeds and that he could either put in a transfer request or appeal to the Brighton manager and owners direct.
Crook replied, “What I’m told is that if a club like Liverpool do come in then Brighton’s stance might change.”
Crook has good contacts on the south coast and this is an interesting update to the White story.
If Brighton are willing to sell White then it comes down to price and what they can get for him.
Teams like Liverpool and Chelsea could blow Leeds out of the water if they’re serious about White, but how much would they pay for a player without any Premier League experience?
And, how much are Leeds prepared to spend to land their man?
If Liverpool made a big bid for White and Leeds matched it, where would White want to go?
Leeds fans would obviously hope that his time at Leeds and relationship with players and Bielsa would swing it.
He would also have 100% guaranteed game time at Leeds, which is unlikely to be the case at Liverpool.
This one has legs but time isn’t on Leeds’ side. Liam Cooper is the club’s only senior centre-back at the moment and the new season kicks off in a little over four weeks.
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