According to Phil Hay writing in The Athletic, Leeds United are nearing their replacement for Ben White with German international Robin Koch on the point of joining the Whites.

Marcelo Bielsa only wants one central defender and the Whites were wanting to go with what they knew in Ben White. Despite bids reaching £25m, Brighton were adamant that they would not be selling the Poole-born youngster to the Whites after his impressive season on loan.

So, with rejection ringing in their ears, United have gone down a route that they’d explored previously with Koch. He’s been on their scouting radar for a while, a fact let out by Victor Orta during an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Hay reports that “discussions with Freiburg have progressed positively in the past 48 hours” and that the Whites are positive that they can get the German international into the country “for a medical over the weekend.” All that stands in the way of this happening is whether terms with Freiburg can be finalised in advance.

Hay writes that both parties are close to shaking on a deal in the region of £13m for Koch who has 82 games of experience at Bundesliga level in his native Germany. All being well, Leeds United should have their central defensive target locked and ready to announce early next week.

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