Kevin Phillips has claimed that Brighton’s valuation for Ben White is “too high” after Leeds United had a £30million bid for the defender rejected.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that one good season in the Championship was not enough to warrant his current price tag.
Football Insider revealed yesterday that Brighton had knocked back an improved offer of £30m from Leeds.
It comes after the United were unsuccessful with bids of £18.5million and £22million earlier in the window.
Philips was baffled by the figures and pointed to the “absolutely ridiculous” price tag Borussia Dortmund have placed on Jadon Sancho amid Manchester United’s interest.
“For me that is a little bit high but Brighton are going to try it on with the current situation we are in,” he told Football Insider.
“Just look at the Jadon Sancho transfer, the money Dortmund are asking for is absolutely ridiculous. A young player and I know he has a lot of talent but that is just ridiculous.
“£30million for White, a centre-half that has had one good season in the Championship… If it was a striker that had scored 30 goals in the Championship I could half accept it but not a centre-half.”
This site revealed at the end of June that it would cost potential suitors upwards of £35million to sign the centre-half who enjoyed great success while on loan at Elland Road last season.
White, who has two years remaining on his contract at the Amex Stadium, was ever-present for Leeds in the league last season and was integral to Marcelo Bielsa’s side winning the Championship.