Leeds United lodge third Ben White bid as they push for Brighton deal

Leeds have made a third bid for Brighton defender Ben White, as the Championship winners look to strengthen their defence ahead of their Premier League return.

Marcelo Bielsa's side have already seen bids of £18.5m and £22m rejected for the 22-year-old centre-back.

White enjoyed a hugely impressive loan spell at Elland Road last season and Bielsa is desperate to bring him to the club on a permanent basis.

Leeds' third bid is believed to value £25m but whether that will be enough to persuade the Seagulls to sell remains to be seen.

Brighton have insisted that Chelsea transfer target Lewis Dunk is ‘not for sale’ but their stance on White may be different after receiving the latest bid.

White formed an impressive defensive partnership with Leeds captain Liam Cooper, featuring in all 46 league games, helping to keep 22 clean sheets.

With two years remaining on his contract and the option of a further 12 months, Brighton boss Graham Potter may see White as the ideal partner for Dunk.

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"They're going to try [and sign him], they've already tried very hard," Tim Thornton told The Sky Sports News Transfer Talk podcast.

"He's the one they want, he was outstanding last season and he shone in a Leeds team that did incredibly well.

"But there are other teams interested as well – Liverpool have been linked with him and he's a Rolls Royce of a footballer.

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"The talk at Leeds is if they get him and he plays every week in the Premier League next season, then he will be in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the Euros – that's how highly rated he is.

"Southgate has already picked him out as one to watch along with Kalvin Phillips, so he's an outstanding player.

"He could probably slot into any squad in the Premier League, but at Leeds he'll be guaranteed to play every week. Bielsa knows how to get the best out of him and he fixed the system at Leeds."

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