Leeds United's Premier League rivals praised for rejecting Whites' £25m offer
Ex-Brighton & Hove Albion star Glenn Murray has lauded the foresight of the Seagulls in rejecting a string of Leeds United's offers for defender Ben White last summer, the highest of which was believed to be around £25m.
While on loan at Elland Road last season, the 23-year-old played a vital part in the Leeds' promotion back to the Premier League but Brighton were unwilling to let their promising talent join Marcelo Bielsa's side on a permanent deal.
Speaking to talkSPORT (via HITC), Murray agreed with suggestions White had the potential to play in the Champions League and break into the England team, claiming:
“Yes, he has. He’s a very new school centre-half.
“I remember when he was called over into the first team. It must have been 2017/18, something like that. And this kid keeps nipping in front of me. Constantly. I'm like ‘is he getting the better of me? Or am I slowing down or what?’
“But even from the first day this kid stepped in, I said ‘this kid has got a bit (of quality)’. What he has gone on to do has proved that he's the real deal and I do think he can go onto bigger and better things.
“I think credit has to be given to Brighton and the chairman down there, for turning down what was a huge sum of money from Leeds in the summer. For someone who was, at the time, unproven in the Premier League.”