Leeds United MADE Ben White and I don’t care what any Seagulls fan says about the ‘nurturing’ he received at the ABAX and coming up through the ranks. For one season in the Championship, Leeds United took a boy and delivered a man.
Such was Ben Whites’ improvement at Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa wanted him. On the back of his performances and untapped potential, Leeds put together three bids of £18m, £22m and £25m. All were rebuffed by Brighton who said they’d never sell to Leeds.
Kicked squarely in the nethers, Leeds instead turned to German international Robin Koch. Now it seems, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, that the Seagulls are at it again and turning down bids from Leeds United. Not for Ben White this time, but for his fellow young defender Haydon Roberts.
Ornstein, writing in his Athletic column today, says:
“Having resisted three bids from Leeds for Ben White in the summer, Brighton are understood to have knocked back an approach for Roberts late last week and are once again adamant that a defender will not be sold.”
It could be just prudence in that Brighton don’t want to sell to a rival, it really could be. It could also be pettiness. Whatever is fuelling Brighton’s reluctance to sell to Leeds Uinted, it means that they aren’t getting hold of Haydon Roberts this window.