Brighton 'in talks' with West Ham and Arsenal-linked defender as Manchester United enquire about Ben White

We’re into March and it is already becoming very apparent that Ben White’s future at Brighton and Hove Albion is a summer transfer saga in the making.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 8:51 am
Amex Stadium, the home of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

For months on end, the 23-year-old has been linked with the so-called ‘big guns’ in the Premier League but it’ll take a strong offer to tempt the Seagulls into selling.

Certainly, there are clubs that possess the relevant funds to submit a big-money offer – Manchester United being one.

And according to journalist Jonathan Shrager, the Red Devils have made enquiries about White as they continue to monitor his progress on the south coast.

Burnley midfielder Josh Brownhill insists he is only focused on the Clarets, despite rumoured interest from West Ham, Aston Villa, Wolves, Southampton and Crystal Palace. (Sky Sports)

How much Brighton value White at is unknown but Leeds United’s failed bid of £30million last summer suggests it exceeds that figure.

Indeed, former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Leeds should make their former loanee a “number one” target in the summer.

Robinson told MOT Leeds News: “I think Ben White should be the number one target in the summer.

“Diego Llorente has looked good but he’s still off the pace for me. The goal against West Ham was a mistake by the keeper but it was still Llorente’s man that got away from him.

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“The way that Ben White’s performed in a struggling Brighton side – as well as he did for Leeds in the Championship – means he should be Orta’s number one target.

“He can play centre-back, holding midfield, he knows the club. [Robin] Koch and Llorente were brought in to replace White and while I know they have had injuries, they haven’t done that.

“For me, he has to be their number one target regardless of whether Brighton go down or not.”

Meanwhile, Brighton are linked with a move for Fulham under-18s defender Ibane Bowat.

German giants Bayern Munich are the latest club to be linked with a move for Leeds United star Raphinha, despite director of football Victor Orta insisting the Brazilian is not for sale. (Calciomercato)

Here are the latest transfer headlines from Brighton, including more on Bowat, and their Premier League rivals:

Former Newcastle United defender Chancel Mbemba is attracting interest from Napoli and Liverpool, with the former submitting an enquiry about the 26-year-old, who is valued at £12.8million. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Barcelona have offered a contract to Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who is expected to leave Anfield on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Football Insider)
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a summer move for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge. The Blades are ready to cash in if their £22million price tag is met. (Jeunes Footeux via Sport Witness)
Manchester United have made enquiries about Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White as they continue to monitor his progress on the south coast. (Jonathan Shrager)
Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson would “love” to see Leeds sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton this summer, believing he’d have a good chance of establishing himself as the club’s number one. (Football Insider)
Robinson also believes Leeds should make former defender Ben White their main transfer target, regardless of whether Brighton and Hove Albion are relegated to the Championship. (Football Insider)
West Ham, Arsenal, Everton and Brighton are all in talks with young Fulham centre-back Ibane Bowat. The Cottagers are keen to keep the Scotland under-19s international and have offered him a professional contract. (TEAMTalk)