Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Leeds United should sign Ben White on a permanent contract from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer transfer window.
The former Leeds striker, who now works as a pundit for BBC Radio Leeds, has been impressed with how the 22-year-old central defender has done for the Championship club.
Whelan told Football Insider about White: “Oh God, I’d love to get him signed on a permanent. He’d be my first signing if we do go up to the Premier League.
“Such a real talent – he will end up playing for England at some point, there’s no doubt about that.
“He will cost a lot of money, but he would be worth it, that’s for sure. He’s got every kind of attribute you want from a centre-half in the modern game.
“The only problem is that there are a lot of other clubs who want him, and a lot of other clubs who could be playing in Europe, which could be a key decision for him.”
According to WhoScored, White – who has also been deployed in central midfield – has provided two assists in 37 Championship matches for the Whites so far this season.
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White, who has also operated as a central midfielder on occasions this season, has been superb for Leeds.
If the Whites do clinch promotion to the Premier League for the 2020-21 campaign, then they should make a move for the youngster.
Of course, Brighton themselves may not want to sell White and may want to make use of him in the top flight of English football – if they do not get relegated – but Leeds should at least make an approach.
Leeds are at the top of the Championship table at the moment.