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.
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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