Michael Brown has claimed Leeds United will try to permanently sign Ben White this summer – but they may need Brighton to be relegated to seal a deal.

The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes it will be “very difficult” but not impossible to prise the centre-back away from the Seagulls.

Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth has revealed to the Brighton and Hove Independent that the club have been “delighted” with the 22-year-old’s progress and that he is “definitely” part of their plans moving forward.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Leeds loanee is set to extend his temporary stay at Elland Road to ensure he is available until the end of the currently-suspended season.

With the Whites among a number of clubs chasing a permanent deal for the defender, Brown claims that Brighton’s survival hopes are the decisive factor in a potential move.

“I think the situation with Ben White’s going to be interesting, I think there will be some good interest in him,” Brown told Football Insider.

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“That will be one Leeds United will be looking to try and do and see if there’s anything to be done in that. I think if you’re Brighton, it all depends on where you finish in the league.

“That’s obviously going to be key, where Brighton are going to be. The player gets so much of a say in it but if Brighton are still in the Premier League, it could be very difficult.” 

The 22-year-old, who has previously spent time on loan at Newport County and Peterborough, has played every single minute of Leeds’ Championship campaign this season.

He has just two first-team appearances under his belt for Brighton, with League One the highest level he had played at prior to this term.

In other Leeds United news, the club are well placed to sign Premier League centre-forward for bargain fee after £19million January deal agreed.