Michael Brown has suggested that Leeds United's hopes of signing Ben White will hinge on how Brighton finish the Premier League season.
The 22-year-old has been a revelation for Marcelo Bielsa's side this term after being a virtual ever-present in the Championship.
Leeds are firmly on track to secure promotion to the Premier League, and should they get themselves over the line then a move for the centre-back is likely to be a top priority.
Of course the party who have the deciding vote in Ben White's parent club.
The Seagulls are embroiled in a relegation battle in the Premier League, meaning that if they stay up then they may well be a divisional rival of Bielsa's side next term.
Leeds will be determined to strike a deal, but according to Michael Brown, it's Brighton's top flight status which could decide this one.
Speaking to Football Insider, Brown said: “I think the situation with Ben White’s going to be interesting, I think there will be some good interest in him.
“That will be one Leeds United will be looking to try and do and see if there’s anything to be done in that. I think if you’re Brighton, it all depends on where you finish in the league.
“That’s obviously going to be key, where Brighton are going to be. The player gets so much of a say in it but if Brighton are still in the Premier League, it could be very difficult.”
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
Signing Ben White would be a huge coup for Leeds United.
The defender has shown that he has all of the attributes to be a top defender in the Premier League.
But it's worth remembering that he's Brighton's player.
The Seagulls will undoubtedly have big plans for the defender, and that means that any club will have to pay a big sum to convince them to sell.
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