Liverpool set to battle Leeds for defender

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Ben White is a man in demand this summer.

The Brighton & Hove Albion defender enjoyed a superb season at Leeds United, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side won promotion to the Premier League.

White played in every game of the campaign as the Whites stormed to the title, ending a 16-year absence by returning to the top-flight.

However, he has now returned to Brighton and it appears that a fight is set to emerge for his signature.

The Athletic reports on Monday that there is interest in his services, unsurprisingly, from Leeds, who have attempted to take him on a permanent basis.

To that end, they made a £22 million bid, though that has been rejected by the Seagulls.

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And Liverpool are now firmly in the race.

The report states that the Reds have scouted White extensively and they need to sign a centre-back in this transfer window following the departure of Dejan Lovren.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is said to believe that there are few high-quality centre-backs that are attainable in the current market.

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But he is a big fan of White, and there could be interest from Liverpool as the transfer window goes on.

Brighton seem certain to make a huge profit on the 22-year-old whenever he does move on; they snapped him up on a free transfer following his release from Southampton, and he has come through their academy to become a first-team star.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Leeds could be disappointed here.

White is clearly a top-level centre-back and it makes sense that Brighton would not want to lose him without a significant fight.

They have developed him and sent him to Leeds to further his career, not to get him off the books.

Now he is back and seemingly raring to go in the Premier League.

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Liverpool’s interest, too, could scupper the plans of Marcelo Bielsa’s side, despite their riches earned from promotion.

The Reds have significantly more financial clout than the Whites and are the current Premier League champions.

If it comes down to who is willing to pay more, White will surely be playing in a red shirt next season.

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