Brighton and Hove Albion will tell Leeds United there’s no way Haydon Roberts will be allowed to swap the Amex for Elland Road, according to The Argus.
It’s fair to say Graham Potter’s Seagulls aren’t anyone’s ‘B team’ in West Yorkshire.
Not only did Brighton refuse to let Ben White return to Leeds on a permanent deal, they are also blocking an approach that would see another South Coast-based starlet replace perhaps the best defender to play at Elland Road since Rio Ferdinand.
The Argus claims Leeds have identified Roberts as White’s potential replacement.
And while supporters may be concerned about the 18-year-old’s age, the same doubts were expressed about White last summer – even if the latter did have Football League experience under his belt at Newport and Peterborough.
But Brighton are determined to keep hold of Roberts and will reject all offers – even short-term loan deals.
The Telegraph reported in April that Derby County, Mainz and RB Leipzig, the Champions League semi-finalists who have built their reputation on polishing rough diamonds, are also batting their eyelashes at the England U18 international.
As you might expect, given how highly he is regarded at clubs coached by Graham Potter and Marcelo Bielsa, Roberts is a technically gifted central defender with a precision and poise usually associated more with midfielders than defenders.
Leeds United summer transfers 2020
Wolves (£16 million)
Lorient (£5 million)
Manchester City (Loan)
Wigan (£1 million)
Valencia (£26 million)
Freiburg (£13 million)
Feyenoord (£1 million)
Real Sociedad (£18 million)
Rennes (£21 million)