Ben White ‘set to sign new Brighton deal’ in blow to Liverpool and Leeds after clubs refuse to meet £30m tag
- Ben White is reportedly close to committing his long-term future to Brighton
- The 22-year-old has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs
- Leeds United, who loaned White last season, have had a £25m bid rejected
- It is understood that Brighton were holding out for £30m for the talented star
Young defender Ben White is reportedly set to sign a new long-term deal with Brighton, putting to an end speculation regarding his immediate future.
The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with both Liverpool and Leeds United, the latter with which he spent last season on loan in the Championship.
But earlier in the week Leeds were knocked back after making multiple bids for White, the highest being £25million.
Ben White looks set to stay at Brighton and is poised to sign a new long-term deal with the club
White will now remain at Brighton and agree new terms, according to TalkSport.
Recently appearing on Sky Sports News, White’s agent Alex Levack revealed: ‘The latest is there are a lot of conversations happening.
‘Unfortunately for Leeds fans, Ben’s just not going to be coming to Leeds.
‘Brighton have categorically said there’s no way they’re going to sell to Leeds, so unfortunately that’s the case.’
White was a revelation last season for Leeds, but the club have had a £25m bid knocked back
It is understood the Seagulls were standing firm on a £30m valuation for the youngster, which has deterred a series of club.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool had also been heavily linked, with the club actively in the market for defensive reinforcement this summer, following the departure of Dejan Lovren.
Manchester United and Chelsea had also been thrown into the equation, though no official approach from either club was made to Brighton.
Last season White played all 46 league games for Leeds, who finished the season as Championship winners under Marcelo Bielsa to return to the top tier for the first time since 2004.
It is now understood the youngster will be drafted into the senior ranks, and given first team experience with Brighton next season as they bid to once again retain their status in the English top flight.
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool had also been linked with a move for the 22-year-old
Last week Brighton boss Graham Potter shared his thoughts on White’s situation and expressed his excited to work with him next season.
He said: ‘He’s our player, he’s got a long contract with us.
‘I have known Ben for a while, I have been aware of him, wanted to try and sign him when we were at Swansea.
‘I know about his qualities. He’s a fantastic player.
‘He’s done brilliantly at Leeds and helped them get promotion – that’s fantastic for them, fantastic for him – but he’s our player and we’re looking forward to working with him.’
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