By Danny Mills

16th Aug, 2020 | 7:59pm

Exclusive: Danny Mills claims imminent West Brom swoop would be 'double blow' for Leeds

Danny Mills has claimed that West Brom signing Shane Duffy from Brighton would represent a “double blow” for Leeds United. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international suggested that the 28-year-old would bring a “wealth of experience” to the Baggies, as well as plenty of talent.

According to the Daily Record, the Baggies are on the cusp of completing a permanent transfer for the Republic of Ireland international.

Meanwhile, Celtic are said to be pursuing a loan deal for the defender but would struggle to meet his wage demands, as revealed by Football Insider.

The Scottish Daily Mail reported on Sunday that Leeds are also preparing to enter the fray after having a number of bids knocked back for Duffy’s teammate Ben White, and Mills has suggested that an Albion swoop for the former could scupper Marcelo Bielsa’s men in more ways than one.

Speaking to Football Insider, when asked if the Brighton man would be a good signing for West Brom, he said: “Definitely.

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“The worry for that is that if Duffy leaves Brighton, it doesn’t look as if Ben White will be leaving. That would be a double blow for Leeds, if you like.

“When you’re a newly promoted team you’re looking to add two or three players of real quality or experience that can make a difference to your team. That’s what you’ve got to do. There’s no point in just buying like for like or bringing in players for the sake of it.

“You have to sign players for a certain reason and Duffy would be that defensive cement. He would be their foundation. He brings not only talent but a wealth of experience as well.”

Duffy has dropped down the pecking order for Brighton in recent times, and was limited to just 12 Premier League starts last season.

The Seagulls are also facing the prospect of losing Lewis Dunk to Chelsea, as initially revealed by Football Insider earlier this month.

In other West Brom news, Exclusive: McAvennie raves about 28-goal striker after Albion transfer update.