Exclusive: Leeds tipped to submit £27m bid after big Sky reveal
Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United to make Brighton an improved offer of £27million for Ben White after they had a £22million bid rejected last week.
The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that his former club would return with a bid of £27million, £5million of which would only be triggered if Leeds avoided relegation next season.
Sky Sports revealed that a £22million bid from United was rejected by the Seagulls last week after their initial offer of £18.5million had failed.
Football Insider understands that Brighton value the centre-half at £35million after his hugely impressive loan spell at Elland Road last season.
Whelan urged Albion to be realistic in their valuation of White, who he claims is desperate to return to Leeds this summer.
“He has had one season in the Championship,” he told Football Insider.
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“Brighton were not even bothered before that. They are holding Ben White to ransom because of one good season.
“A great football player but it is not like he has been playing in the top flight, where you can command a fee like Nathan Ake. Right now, £22million for a player they have not even used is a good deal. It is a fair price for everybody. They need to be realistic.
“I am sure Ben White would love to come to Leeds United and carry on where he left off this year. He feels settled at the club, he likes the lads at the club.
“We need Ben White. It might be a case of an initial £22million and we rise it to £27million if we stay in the Premier League – that could be a goer. That might be tempting to them.”
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that club have have had a bid for Wigan Athletic rising star rejected.