'Massive...Tailor-made for Leeds' - Exclusive: Campbell reacts to 2020 bids for PL star
Leeds United summer target Ben White is “tailor-made” for their playing style but Kevin Campbell is not surprised Brighton wouldn’t sell him.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Everton and Arsenal striker revealed his admiration for the defender after his “massive” role in United’s promotion campaign.
Leeds tabled a series of bids this year to make White a permanent signing, rising up to £30m, as revealed by Football Insider, but Brighton would not budge.
It was subsequently announced by the Seagulls in September that White had signed a new four-year contract.
“Ben White was tailor-made for what Leeds wanted to do,” Campbell told Football Insider. “He was great on the ball and played a massive part in them getting out of the Championship but he was Brighton’s player.
“You always run the risk when he is not your player on a permanent basis. He impressed Brighton and despite three bids they said no.
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“That is what kicked him on to play for them. [Robin] Koch has come in and I think he has helped plug the gap.
“They need stability at the back the way they play and Koch has been one that has provided that stability.”
White was an ever-present in Leeds’ Championship-winning campaign, remarkably playing every single minute of their 46 matches.
He has gone on to start all eight of Brighton’s league matches this season in the new-look three-man defence deployed by Graham Potter.