'Too expensive' - Exclusive: Whelan claims Leeds loan star won't stay despite £100m windfall
Leeds United are likely to fail in their bid to persuade Ben White to sign permanently even if they get promoted and secure a £100million broadcasting windfall.
That is according to Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the club’s prospects of keeping hold of the centre-back when his season-long loan from Brighton expires.
White, 22, has emerged as one of the most coveted young players in the country after an outstanding campaign that has brought him to the attention of the Premier League big guns.
Football Insider revealed last month how the Leeds senior players have been “begging” White every day to remain at Elland Road next season.
United are top of the Championship and well placed to secure automatic promotion, as well as the minimum £100m that would come from guaranteed TV income next season even if they finished bottom of the 2020-21 Premier League.
“We do not know what is happening with the Ben White situation but I suspect he will be too expensive,” Whelan told Football Insider.
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“That would give us a head start, to know. It is better to have a backup plan and knowing where else to look so you can fill that void if Ben White does not sign for Leeds United.
“I would love to keep him but we need to plan for that hard part. We might not get the player we want.
Brighton are aware of the strong interest in White, who has spent the last three seasons on loan and only played twice for his parent club.
As revealed by Football Insider, and he is also on the radar of the likes of Manchester United and Leicester City after his consistently outstanding form for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
White has started all 37 of Leeds’ league matches this season and remarkably played every single minute of the Championship campaign.
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