Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United are “in the box seat” to sign Ben White permanently this summer but admitted there are too many variables to be confident of a deal.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, identified the “biggest concern” for Leeds regarding the 22-year-old’s future is a “big, big club” making a move for the defender.

White has spent the season on loan with Leeds and Brighton boss Graham Potter confirmed that White will remain at Elland Road for the remainder of the Championship campaign.

Football Insider understands that Liverpool, Manchester United and Leicester City are all interested in the English centre-half.

Leeds’ Adam Forshaw, told the Leeds That podcast that White would be a “good fit” at one of the Premier League’s top sides.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected the defender to be at Elland Road next season, Mills said: “Leeds will have doubt when it comes to keeping Ben White.

“Even assuming they get promotion, will Brighton want him back?

“Will Brighton be in the Championship? There is a possible scenario where Leeds come up and Brighton go down but if Brighton stay up they might want him to play for them.

“But it would not surprise me if a big club comes in for him, top-four, top six. I am not sure if he is that good but he could be that good.

“He has been exceptional. He is a good defender and good on the ball so there it would not be a big risk for top clubs.

“Leeds may be in the box seat because the player likes the club but the biggest concern will be about a big, big club coming in for him this summer.”

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