Liverpool 'eyeing Ben White transfer swoop' after extensive scouting of defender


Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a move for Ben White after watching the Brighton defender impress while on loan at Leeds United last season.

White was key to Leeds’ promotion-winning Championship campaign, starting all 46 games as the Whites secured a return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

He will be part of Brighton’s first-team plans next season – unless Liverpool can come up with an offer good enough persuade them to part company with the centre-back.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are on the lookout for a central defender after Dejan Lovren left Anfield to join Zenit St Petersburg.

And White could be the perfect signing to provide competition for Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, while also having the potential to be a long-term defensive partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Ben White was virtually ever present in the Leeds defence during their promotion-winning campaign

White is on the Reds’ radar after he was scouted extensively by the club during his loan spell at Leeds, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Having impressing at the heart of Leeds’ defence, White has also shown he is capable of playing at right-back and a defensive midfielder.

And with Liverpool needing cover for flying full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson as well as a new centre-back, White’s versatility could be just what they need.

According to stats site Transfermarkt, White is valued at around £5million, but Brighton are likely to demand at least twice that from any club wanting to sign him.

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Manchester United and Manchester City have also been credited with interest in the defender – who Brighton boss Graham Potter says is highly thought of at the Amex.

“It’s fantastic he’s had this year with Leeds,” said Potter when asked about White last month.

“I think everybody won. Ben got some great experience, Leeds achieved their goal of promotion.

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“But we rate him highly. We like him a lot. He’s a really good player and thankfully he’s our player.”

Asked about his plans for White next season, Potter insisted: “He’ll be competing for a place like everyone else.”

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