Leeds United were very much interested in former on-loan defender Ben White last summer but Brighton were adamant that he was not for sale and that he wouldn’t be returning to Elland Road, however after a stellar standout campaign, former Hull City star Dean Windass admits he could see White returning to Leeds.
Brighton have already received one offer for the England international with the Seagulls rejecting Arsenal’s £40 million offer for White, who has still only ever played one season of Premier League football.
Should Leeds sign White?
Marcelo Bielsa is clearly a fan of White with the defender quick on the turn, he reads the game well and is more than comfortable on the ball as he is capable of playing as both a centre back and central midfielder.
If Leeds were to try and sign White this summer they would have to stump up more than £40 million and that would likely be at least half of their entire transfer budget. That might not put them off though, according to Windass, who spoke exclusively to Transfer Tavern:
“I could see that happening but it all depends on money so if they’re happy with the contracts and everything else then yeah, I could see that happening.”
White’s one season in the top flight was impressive enough to earn him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad at the Euros and despite it being very unlikely that he will make an appearance, the experience will be huge for him.
The 23-year old fits the mould at Brighton as Graham Potter likes his side to play possession-based football with a huge emphasis on attacking while also keeping it tight at the back as the Seagulls managed to keep an impressive 12 clean sheets last season.
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