Report: Leeds United’s bid to re-sign Ben White has hit a brick wall

Ben White
Ben White

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.

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.

Leeds have seen three bids – £18.5 million, £23 million and £30 million – knocked back, and Brighton are reportedly holding out for £55 million.

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.

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