Leeds identify Germany international as Ben White alternative amid £30m demand

Leeds have identified Freiberg centre-back Robin Koch as an alternative option to Ben White – with Brighton demanding upwards of £30million for the latter this summer.

White, 22, spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Leeds, playing an integral part in their promotion to the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa is therefore determined to bring the youngster to Elland Road on a permanent basis this summer, yet Brighton’s asking price of £30million plus could make that tricky.

According to The Telegraph, Koch has emerged as a cheaper alternative for Leeds should they fail in their attempt to sign White permanently.

The Germany defender only has a year remaining on his current deal at Freiberg, meaning he is likely to cost considerably cheaper than White.

Norwich were understood to be eyeing up a move for him in January, but after being handed his international debut by Joachim Low he is now attracting interest from a higher calibre of clubs.

It is believed Brighton’s desire to offload Shane Duffy has damaged Leeds’ chances of signing White this summer.

However, Newport County manager Micky Flynn believes the English defender should aim higher than Elland Road.

“I’d love to see him at Liverpool. I know Pep Lijnders, the assistant, he’s an unbelievable coach,” Flynn, who coached White while he was on loan at Newport in 2017/18, told talkSPORT.

“So I know he will help Ben improve. He’s got to do what’s best for Ben White. That could be getting a season in the Premier League with regular games at Brighton, which I think he could do.

“[Brighton boss] Graham Potter might want to keep him and bring him on and then sell him for more money after a year in the Premier League.

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“That’s a decision for Ben, but for biased reasons, I’d be edging him towards Liverpool.”

White has only made two appearances for Brighton since emerging from their youth ranks in 2016, with both of them coming in the League Cup.

As well as Leeds and Newport, he has also enjoyed a brief stint on loan at Peterborough.

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