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Phil Hay confirms option Leeds United are looking to secure in defender pursuit



Leeds United remain in talks to sign Brighton youngster Ben White, with the club hoping to have a permanent option to sign the player included in any deal.

The 21-year-old emerged as a target for Marcelo Bielsa’s side earlier this month as the Argentinian looks to strengthen his squad ahead of next season.

However, the two clubs are still locked in talks, with Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay revealing that the Premier League side only want to send the youngster out loan, with Leeds keen on including an option to make the move a long-term one.

“They’d (Brighton) rather just loan him but that will be part of the negotiation,” he tweeted in response to a fan asking for an update on the situation.

Even though the Seagulls rate the defender highly, the reality is that he is way down the pecking order at Graham Potter’s side and may want first-team football elsewhere.

White has impressed over the past few seasons on loan at Peterborough and Newport County.

The Verdict

You can understand why Leeds are keen to include a permanent option in any deal for White, otherwise they would just be developing a player for Brighton.

And, they will surely hope that the defender will push for a move as well, considering how tough it will be for him to get game time with Brighton.

Ultimately, it’s down to Leeds to make a suitable proposal though and if White is a player that Bielsa really wants then they need to do all they can to bring him in.

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