According to Andy Naylor of The Athletic, Ben White is set to put an end to the lingering doubt over his future at Brighton and Hove Albion by signing a long-term contract extension.

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SWANSEA, WALES – JULY 12: Rhian Brewster of Swansea City battles with Ben White of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Leeds United at the Liberty Stadium on July 12, 2020 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

The report claims that talks over a new deal are near a positive conclusion.

White, 22, has recently been the subject of three rejected offers from Leeds United who had the versatile defender on loan last season.

The imposing ball-playing centra back starred for Leeds during Marcelo Bielsa’s inspired promotion from the Championship. His outstanding form prompted the Whites to sign White on a permanent deal but Brighton refused to include a buy option in the loan arrangement last summer.

Leeds were refused three times from signing White, their final offer in the region of £25 million, while The Athletic also confirm Liverpool were also weighing up a move for White.

Respected journalist James Pearce recently revealed that White indeed has been the subject of interest among Liverpool for some time now and he was confident that Brighton could be swayed if the price was right.

 

Speaking on The Athletic’s Red Agenda podcast, he said: “A number of names have been branded around but nothing concrete at this early stage.”

“A couple of interesting ones, Ben White is certainly someone Liverpool have watched previously he’s had a good season with Leeds.

“I know he has gone back to Brighton who have since made it publically clear that they are very reluctant to sell him though of course, I’m sure there is a price that they would be willing to do business.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Chris Willock of Arsenal shoots under pressure from Ben White of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on August 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

According to The Daily Star, the Seagulls value White to be worth in the region of £40 million.

White was identified as a long-term successor to Dejan Lovren who recently ended a six-year tenure at Anfield following the Croatian’s £10.9 million move to Zenit St Petersburg.

However, the underlying difficulty behind deeming White as a viable option was always going to be price. At the end of the day, he’d come in as fourth-choice behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. It’s not easy to pay £40m for a player who may be routed to the bench for most of next season.

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