Leeds ready to admit White defeat as Bielsa eyes Germany international

Robin Koch, Marcus Thuram

Leeds have identified Freiburg defender Robin Koch as their top alternative in the event that Brighton price them out of a move for Ben White, according to a report.

Seagulls defender White is Leeds‘ top target to bolster their defence, the 22-year-old impressing at Elland Road this season.

White played all 46 Championship games for Marcelo Bielsa’s side as they clinched Premier League promotion.

According to The Telegraph, however, it will cost upwards of £30million to thrash out another deal with Brighton. Indeed, further reports in The Sun claim Manchester United – who have more spending power – are also keen.

As such, The Telegraph adds that Germany international Koch is Bielsa’s alternative to White.

The newspaper says the fact that Koch’s contract runs out next summer puts Leeds in a strong position. They can now secure a cheap deal, with Freiburg keen to sell rather than lose him for free.

What’s more, he was reportedly a target for Norwich in January but the Canaries have now pulled the plug on their interest.

Germany boss Joachim Low gave Koch his senior international debut in October, meaning his stock rose significantly and priced Norwich out of a deal.

Leeds, though, remain keen and could get a deal over the line for around £12million.

The Telegraph adds that White looks likely to stay given Brighton are willing to lose fellow defender Shane Duffy. The Seagulls are listening to offers for the Republic of Ireland international.

However, should Duffy leave, Joel Veltman’s arrival from Ajax means Brighton boss Graham Potter would still have three centre-back options plus White.


Fredrik Aursnes Molde

Meanwhile, further reports claim Leeds are monitoring the progress of Molde midfielder Fredrik Aursnes.

The Norway Under-21 international is a regular feature for his side and has an impressive goals record from defensive midfield.

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