Club's director of football admits he tried 'everything' to sign Leeds' Ben White this summer

General views of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on December 03, 2016 in Leeds, England.

White has excelled since he arrived at Leeds United from Brighton and Hove Albion.

Peterborough director of football Barry Fry speaks to Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony  during the pre season friendly match between Peterborough United and a Tottenham Hotspur XI...

The Peterborough United director of football, Barry Fry, has admitted he tried 'everything' to bring the on-loan Leeds United star, Ben White, back to London Road.

White has excelled since he arrived at Leeds from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer transfer window, having previously done so in spells at Newport County and Peterborough.

Already, there is talk that the centre-back's latest loan spell could be cut short, with Premier League football awaiting at either Brighton or elsewhere.

 

And speaking to BBC Radio Leeds on Wednesday, Fry claimed he was always aware of White's potential.

"We tried to buy him, we tried to loan him, we tried everything," he said of the 22-year-old. "We've got good friends at Brighton - Tony Bloom there, the owner and the chairman - he said he'd let us know but obviously when Leeds come calling small fry Peterborough have got no chance."

Ben White of Leeds United

Losing White would come as a significant blow to Leeds' promotion hopes, with only Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi left as orthodox centre-backs - although others can play there.

The Whites were linked at the weekend with a move for Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough, whom it is claimed are ready to cash in on the Spaniard who is out of contract at the end of the season and know to Fry's Elland Road counterpart, Victor Orta.

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