Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United to sign Robin Koch and Rob Holding for a combined £35million this summer after hopes of permanently signing Ben White faded.

The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs,

Sky Sports revealed on Monday that Brighton will not sell White, 22, Leeds this summer after a third bid was rejected last week.

Attentions are now said to have been turned to SC Freiburg defender Robin Koch, the Germany international has been extensively scouted by Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Football Insider understands that Arsenal’s Rob Holding is also under consideration after the Whites registered their interest in the Englishman.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Brighton’s stance over the transfer of White, Whelan said: “We cannot be held to ransom over Ben White.

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“We need two centre-halves, not just the one. We cannot play with just Ben White and Liam Cooper throughout the season, we need to have options. Leeds do not have a great deal of options when it comes to strikers and centre-halves. We need many options down the spine of the side.

“If we get Koch for £20million and Holding for £15million that is the equivalent of Ben White. You get two for the price of one there. Two very good players as well.

“If he had a terrible season last year Brighton would have sold him for £15million. He has only had one good season in the Championship, I am sure he will be an excellent player but he is unproven at Premier League level.

“Leeds cannot be held to ransom, they just can’t. Not when we need more than one centre-half and we need to look at the bigger picture.”

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