Brighton’s Dion Sanderson interest may be boost for Leeds’s Ben White hopes
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Brighton's Dion Sanderson interest may be boost for Leeds's Ben White hopes

If Leeds United manage to get across the line in the Championship promotion race, they will surely waste little time in reaching out to Brighton and seeing if there is scope for a permanent deal to be done for Ben White.

White has been a revelation for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. It is remarkable to think that the centre-back went into the campaign having not played at a level higher than League One.

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But he has been an outstanding replacement for Pontus Jansson. And it looks inevitable that he will be playing at the highest level next term – whether that is with Leeds or not.

In truth, it appears that the Seagulls currently have every intention of using White next season. Graham Potter recently suggested, in comments reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, that he is looking forward to working with White in the future.

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But perhaps a more recent report offers a more encouraging update from Leeds’ perspective.

The Daily Mail has reported that Brighton are one of the Premier League sides interested in signing Dion Sanderson. And the youngster’s admirers believe that Wolves may be open to selling him.

Could Sanderson interest hint Brighton may be open to centre-back sale?

Should Sanderson head to the Amex Stadium, Potter may be more open to letting one of his centre-backs go. They already have four centre-backs in their current squad, with Matt Clarke and White also out on loan.

And with The Sun suggesting earlier this season that White is valued at around £25 million, that kind of offer would surely leave Brighton with a tricky decision to make.

White may also be keen to make a move if he senses that his game-time may be restricted by staying.

Of course, anything around the £25 million mark would be a huge outlay for Leeds. Even if they are back in the top flight, they may have to be clever with their dealings in the transfer window.

But if they are going to part with a marquee sum, White would be a fantastic option to spend it on.

And if Brighton are looking at signing another centre-back, perhaps there is reason for Leeds to be a little more hopeful.

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