Leeds United look like having a near impossible task of hanging on to loan star Ben White.
The 22-year-old centre-back has been hugely impressive for the Championship promotion hopefuls, who signed the largely unknown centre-back on loan for the season last summer.
White though has repaid Leeds’ faith in him with some assured performances and his form alongside Liam Cooper has been the cornerstone of Leeds’ promotion bid.
White is contracted to Brighton until summer 2022 so would, in theory, be in no hurry to cash in on the defender, though much will depend on whether the player signs the reported contract extension the Seagulls are preparing for the defender at the end of the season.
Leeds, of course, would have strong designs on signing White permanently were they to secure promotion to the Premier League and their prospects could be aided after the club’s owner, Italian Andrea Radrizzani, confirmed for the first time that QSI were considering an investment into United.
However, Liverpool are lurking and Sky Sports commentator Gary Weaver has revealed that the Anfield club have been scouting White extensively and there are no fears he cannot step up into the top flight.
“There’s so much pressure on Ben White’s shoulders but you don’t see it. He’s so cool and calm, he just gets on with things,” he told Sky Sports’ Championship podcast.
“I spoke to Liam Rosenior at Brighton and they had absolutely no doubts that he’d adapt to this level. Andy O’Brien, who is a Liverpool scout, has watched almost every game of Ben White. The big teams are interested.”
The Reds are likely to be in the market for a new central defender when the transfer window reopens with Dejan Lovren likely to finally leave Anfield this summer after a lack of first-team action.
Liverpool are believed to be very keen on White, with Football Insider recently claiming Liverpool’s scouts have been ‘blown away’ by the form of the Leeds loanee and have been seriously impressed by his development since his switch to Elland Road.