Tottenham Hotspur have made contact with fellow Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion to enquire about the possibility of signing defender Ben White, that is according to a report from The Sun.
The report states that Spurs have asked the Seagulls how much it would cost them to sign the centre-back this summer. It is suggested that the south cost club do not want to sell him, and it would take an offer of at least £50m to tempt them into discussions about a potential departure.
It is not just Jose Mourinho’s side who are interested in the 22-year-old, with champions Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City also keen. Added to that, Leeds are also firmly in the hunt for White after he enjoyed a successful loan spell at Elland Road last term. They have already submitted a £35m bid, which will be rejected.
White certainly has a lot of admirers at the moment and looking at his stats from last season in the Championship it is easy to see why. Indeed in 46 appearances he helped Leeds to 22 clean sheets and averaged 2.7 clearances, 2.5 interceptions and 1.6 tackles per game, whilst also racking up a solid passing accuracy of 84.6% showing that he is calm on the ball (WhoScored).
Tottenham certainly need to bolster their defence ahead of the upcoming campaign given their poor record in the 19/20 season. Spurs conceded 47 goals last term which was more than the likes of Leicester City, Wolves and even promoted outfit Sheffield United.
They have already lost a centre-back following the release of Jan Vertonghen, whilst there are reports suggesting Juan Foyth could also leave north London this summer. That would leave them with just Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier as their senior players in that position so they could do with adding another body to their ranks.
That said, Mourinho has already confirmed that the club will not be spending “rivers of money” in this transfer window. It is therefore difficult to see any scenario where Spurs would spend £50m on a player who, whilst possessing strong potential, is still yet to make a single Premier League appearance.
It would be a big risk for them to take on, and one that surely will not tempt Daniel Levy at this stage.
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