Brighton and Hove Albion have recruited yet more competition for their former Leeds United loan star, Ben White.
Whites return to Brighton after helping Leeds to Premier League promotion last season had left his parent club with six senior centre-halves.
But a seventh arrived last week in the shape of Joel Veltman from Ajax, and the figure swelled to eight after Lars Dendoncker joined from Club Brugge on Friday.
Whether Dendoncker is considered an immediate first-team option remains to be seen, given his lack of senior experience.
But even if he isn’t, it’s hard to envisage all seven of his positional rivals staying put this summer – while another Dutch defender, Jan Paul van Hecke, was linked with the Seagulls as recently as yesterday (BN DeStem).
The Brighton manager Graham Potter has repeatedly stressed his desire to keep White at the Amex Stadium, although the youngster’s departure would leave less of a hole now.
And out of White, Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy and Matt Clarke, whose futures are also said to be uncertain, the Leeds fan favourite could be the most saleable.
Sticking with former Leeds loanees, it is claimed that Brighton are among the clubs interested in signing Alfonso Pedraza, with Real Betis unable to afford the £8 million required to turn the Villarreal wing-back’s temporary spell permanent (Argus).