Liverpool and Manchester United have registered interest in signing on-loan Leeds United defender Ben White, according to reports.
The 22-year-old has been part of Brighton’s Under-23s setup since the 2017/18 campaign but has been sent on successive loan spells in the past three campaigns, the latest seeing him impress for Marcelo Bielsa’s side at Elland Road.
White has appeared in all 16 of his side’s Championship games so far this season, with Bielsa’s men only conceding nine goals in that time – the best defensive record of any side this term.
According to The Athletic, such form has alerted Liverpool and United to the possibility of signing him next summer.
The source says that the Reds have a firm interest while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who has overseen the introduction to the first team of several young players this season – wants to continue adding to his youth ranks.
White is set to initially return to the south coast at the end of the season due to the absence of an option for Leeds to make his move permanent, however, promotion to the Premier League could see the Elland Road club’s chances of keeping him increase.
It is claimed that in any case, if White continues in his current form he will undoubtedly attract attention and it could see Brighton also struggle to keep hold of him.