According to Daily Mirror’s David Anderson, Leeds United’s latest bid to sign centre-back Ben White on a permanent basis has hit a brick wall as Brighton & Hove Albion insist that he is not for sale.
Leeds’ bid to re-sign Ben White has hit a brick wall because Brighton insist he is not for sale. Leeds are leaving the door open should Brighton’s stance change, but are actively looking at other centre-half targets. #lufc
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) August 19, 2020
The Elland Road outfit have left the door open should Brighton’s stance change, but they are actively looking at other centre-half targets as they make squad plans for life back in the Premier League.
That’s more than their entire transfer budget (£50 million) for the summer, and they have to prepare for life without White at Elland Road.
The 22-year-old featured in every minute of the Leeds Championship campaign last term, helping them keep 22 clean sheets and playing a huge role in their return to the Premier League following a 16-year absence.
White has also attracted both Liverpool and Chelsea as a result, but Brighton want to hold on to him as they believe he can play a key role in manager Graham Potter’s team next season and going forward.