Brighton continue to stand firm over in-demand defender as third Leeds bid rejected

Date published: Wednesday 12th August 2020 5:48

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Brighton have rejected a third bid from Leeds United for highly-rated centre back Ben White, according to a report on Football Insider. 

White is at the top of Leeds’ transfer wishlist after an impressive season on loan at Elland Road in 2019/20.

The 22-year-old featured in all 46 of the Whites’ Championship as they achieved promotion to the Premier League.

And Marcelo Bielsa is keen to bring him back for another spell as his side gears up for their first year in the top flight since 2004.

But negotiating a deal is proving difficult, with Brighton understood to be keen on introducing White into their first team. Indeed, they have already knocked back bids of £18.5million and £22million for the defender.

That has not deterred Leeds though, who remain hopeful of landing their man. And Football Insider say that the West Yorkshire club have now seen an offer of £30million turned down.

That is still short of the minimum £35million that the Seagulls are hoping to secure.

The development means Leeds may be forced to almost double their record transfer fee if they are to bring White back to West Yorkshire. The £18million paid for Rio Ferdinand back in 2000 remains their most expensive purchase.

Leeds have already signed four players ahead of next term. Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Illan Meslier and Joe Gelhardt are those to have put pen to paper.

 

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