Noel Whelan claims that £30million is the “maximum” Leeds United will spend on trying to re-sign Ben White from Brighton this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker believes £25million is all the Seagulls can demand for the centre-back after just two appearances for the club.
The defender established himself as a firm fan favourite at Elland Road last season as he started every game on the way to the Championship title.
However, he is yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League.
Whelan believes that Leeds will be willing to spend £5million over what he is actually worth but admits that they cannot wait long until they have to change transfer targets.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think £22-25million is the right price for Ben White who’s had a great year in the Championship but not Premier League proven. Usually, when you spend £20million-upwards, you’re buying someone at a proven level.
“The problem is you can’t wait too long, the season starts in less than a month now so you haven’t got much time to start working with players, you really want them in for pre-season.
“Your squad are assembled, people are in, get them in as quickly as possible, get them into the environment – not that he needs bedding in, Ben White, but you would like to get that continuity while you’re going through the pre-season and friendlies.
“I’m sure they’ll have a limit of what they’ll go up to, £30million is probably the maximum, I would want to pay for a player because you could probably go and get two other centre-halves for that money – Foyth for £15million, someone else for another £15million.”
White’s only Brighton appearances came in the League Cup against Colchester United and Oxford United back in 2016.
Prior to joining Leeds, he spent time on loan at both League Two Newport County and League One Peterborough United.