Leeds United continue to target Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Brighton and Hove Albion won’t allow Ben White to leave the club permanently amid interest from Leeds United, and only intend to loan him out.
White, 21, has been coming up through the Brighton ranks, and his loan moves show a natural progression. In the 2017-18 season, he spent the campaign with League Two side Newport County, earning valuable experience.
Last term, he went on loan to Peterborough United of League One, so his next logical move would be the Championship – but only on loan, in Brighton’s mind at least.
It’s claimed that Brighton will only sanction a temporary exit for White, with permanent moves seemingly off the table for a defender they appear to have high hopes for moving forward.
The report also notes that Leeds have been targeting White for 18 months now, and boss Marcelo Bielsa has been impressed with footage he’s seen of White in action for Peterborough.
That all points towards Leeds making their move for White, but they would be wise to look at other options two given that they now know there’s absolutely no chance of a permanent move.
Leeds would ideally have clauses in place where, if they win promotion, they can sign a loan player permanently, protecting themselves from losing key contributors in a year’s time.
With White, that doesn’t seem possible. It’s now up to Leeds to decide whether a year of White is better than a long-term deal for another defender, as Brighton are standing firm on their young prospect, despite already having Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Leon Balogun and Dan Burn at the club.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if White ended up growing frustrated at the logjam of centre backs at the Amex Stadium. Yes, the Seagulls rate White highly, but he’s 22 in November, and needs to be settled and playing. Leeds may have to hope that a successful loan spell leads to him pushing for a permanent move, but it’s a risky strategy.