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Report: Spurs eyeing 23-year-old defender who Jamie Redknapp says will go ‘right to the top’

Giuseppe Labellarte

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly one of several Premier League sides keeping tabs on Ben White, according to Sky Sports.

The outlet claims that Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are continuing to monitor new centre-back options despite having snapped up Joe Rodon in October.

However, Tottenham aren’t the only ones reportedly eyeing the 23-year-old, with Manchester United and Chelsea also said to be interested.

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White has impressed for Brighton this season following a sensational loan spell at Leeds last term, where he was a crucial member of their promotion-winning squad.

He played in all 46 Championship games last season as the Whites finished top of the table and finally returned to the Premier League after 16 years out.

White went on to sign a new contract with the Seagulls in September, tying him to the club until the summer of 2024, and he has made 11 appearances for the club this term.

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White is a young defender of the highest calibre who is assured of a place in Leeds’ history books for his heroics last season, and who has hit the ground running for Brighton this term.

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp was blown away by the defender’s first-half performance in September’s 3-0 win over Newcastle.

“I have got to mention Ben White, there is a centre back there who is going to go right to the top,” he told Sky Sports, as reprinted in The Argus.

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“He is so comfortable on the ball, you can see why Leeds wanted to keep him.

“That young man is destined for an amazing future, he’s comfortable on the ball, brilliant defensively and I love him.”

High plaudits indeed and, though he penned a new deal with Brighton not long ago, it surely won’t be long before he’s wearing the shirt of one of the country’s top clubs.

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