By Danny Mills

23rd Aug, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Leeds told to 'Aim higher' after big defender transfer update

Danny Mills has urged Leeds United to “aim higher” than Arsenal’s Rob Holding if they fail in their attempts to sign Ben White this summer.

The former Whites and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, has major concerns over the 24-year-old’s injury record and claimed that “Leeds need a bit more quality than that.”

Holding made 23 appearances last season, just eight of which were in the Premier League, as he slowly recovered from an ACL injury suffered in December 2018.

Football Insider revealed on Wednesday that the centre-half was being lined up by Leeds as a potential alternative to Brighton’s Ben White with Arsenal open to selling the defender.

The newly-promoted side’s primary defensive target is White but the transfer is looking increasingly difficult with Leeds already having had numerous bids rejected by Brighton.

When asked by Football Insider if Holding would be an adequate replacement for last season’s loan star, Mills said:

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“I have seen the odd good game from him but I do not think that he has played enough football.

“If a player has had injury worries it can be a big concern. You worry about the fragility of the body but sometimes they just need a new lease of life.

“How many teams does Rob Holding get in in the Premier League? He would not walk straight into many teams in my opinion. He is a squad player at Arsenal.

“Leeds need a bit more quality than that. If it is to replace Ben White then I think they need to aim higher than that.”

The Gunners signed Holding for just £2.7million from now League Two side Bolton Wanderers in 2016.

He put pen to paper on a contract extension in May 2018 and his contract at the Emirates does not expire until the summer of 2023.

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