Liverpool are thought to have a genuine interest in young English defender Ben White, who is currently on loan at Leeds United from Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 22-year-old central defender has impressed in the Championship so far this season, helping Leeds concede an impressively low figure of ten goals in seventeen league matches as they currently sit in the second automatic promotion spot.
Phil Hay, who covers Leeds for The Athletic, recently dubbed him the ‘White Wall’ in Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s measly defence.
White even embarked on a sixty-yard solo run, topping it off with a slide rule pass inside the left channel, to directly assist Patrick Bamford’s opener against Luton Town at the weekend, showcasing his ability to play out from the back.
Illan Meslier, a young French goalkeeper also on loan at Leeds, has been impressed with his team-mate, saying:
“He’s unbelievable. He’s off to a good start to the season.
“Last year I think he was in League One. This is his first year in the Championship and he’s shown he’s at that level.
“Brighton has a very good player on its hands.”
It appears Brighton manager Graham Potter is well aware of the progress his player is making.
“The feedback about Ben has been really good, and we’re happy with how he’s done so far,” Potter told Brighton’s official website.
“It’s really good for him and Leeds United too, because it shows that the loan has worked well for everybody.
“He was a player that was really after first-team football and he’s got that opportunity there.
“Of course he’s still our player, but we’re happy that he’s having a good experience and getting better all the time, so we’re delighted.”
With White unlikely to be recalled from his loan this season, any potential suitors such as Liverpool will almost certainly have to wait until next summer to bring him to the club.
It is thought a fee of around £20m may tempt Brighton into selling him.
Having spent last season on loan at Peterborough United in League One and the season before on loan at Newport County in League Two, White is certainly a player on an upward trajectory.
Whether it’s at Brighton or elsewhere, it seems likely he will continue that in the Premier League next campaign.
Crystal Palace and Reading FC aiming for Brighton captain
Crystal Palace and Reading FC are both eyeing a move for Brighton and Hove Albion captain Gordon Greer to add to their defences for next season.
Sources claim that both clubs want to sure up their defence meaning Greer could be playing alongside current Palace captain Paddy McCarthy or next to Matt Mills of Reading when the summer transfer window closes. 30 year old Greer only joined Brighton last summer and was immediately made skipper by manager Gus Poyet.
The 30 year old was awesome at the back for Brighton with his performances obviously not going unnoticed and although there is interest in the defender, it is unlikely that Poyet will want to sell his captain on after just the one season at the Community Stadium.
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Fulham, Aston Villa and Manchester City are all understood to be interested in signing Brighton central defender, Lewis Dunk.
The 19 year-old has impressed this season for the Championship high-flyers, and is attracting a host of top flight suitors.
The 6ft 4inch centre-back is now expected to be involved in a heap of January transfer speculation, sparking a bidding war between the three clubs.
Dunk now has 13 appearances under his belt starring for Albion, and may jump at the chance to play for a Premier League side.
Tuesday Championship Live Stream : Burnley v Brighton, Birmingham v Leicester, Barnsley v Blackburn feature
Burnley are 5/4 favourites to beat Brighton as they seek a move back into the promotion spots whilst Leicester aim to get yet victory in a Midlands derby clash against Birmingham.
Burnley’s quest to return to the Premier league has been quite dramatic all season long but The Clarets will need to be at their best if they are to see of Brighton on Tuesday night.
Having spent much of the season in the automatic promotion spots, Burnley’s failure to win their last few games has seen them slip to third in the table just one point off the promised land.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche will have defender Ben Mee back in the squad after he missed the last couple of weeks battling a thigh injury.
Having not played at the weekend, there are no other injury concerns for The Clarets who will be hoping that in-form strike duo Danny Ings and Sam Vokes will be able to add to their impressive goal tallies this season.
Their opponents Brighton are once again in the hunt for a playoff spot and The Seagulls are not too far away from reaching their dream as they currently sit two points away in eighth spot.
Having rested numerous players in the FA Cup on Saturday, many of the team’s leading lights will be back in the squad including Leonardo Ulloa, Tomaz Kuszczak and David Lopez.
Aside from that, Will Buckley will still be out on the sidelines with a hamstring injury joining the likes of Andrew Crofts and Will Hoskins on the injury list.
Elsewhere, Leicester City will look to keep up their stunning form with victory against Birmingham City in a Midlands derby match-up.
The Foxes’ scintillating form has seen them storm to the top of the table and hold an eight point lead over second-placed QPR as they head into February.
In the one essential change for Leicester, Marcin Wasilewski comes into the squad to replace Liam Moore who is out with a broken rib whist Ignasi Miquel could also return to the back four after overcoming a thigh problem.
It will be a tough task for hosts Birmingham who have struggled all season long and find themselves languishing down in 17th place in the table.
Birmingham will be pleased to have Kyle Bartley back in the squad after his recent injury problems and he is likely to start straight away as Paul Robinson is ruled out of the clash through suspension.
With Burnley and Leicester both chasing wins, it’s means that the promotion race is really going to hot up as the sides look to secure their spot in the top flight for next season.
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