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.
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.”
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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