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.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 11:45 am

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.

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Leeds United saw a bid of £25m for Brighton's Ben White rejected last summer. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

“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.”

After seeing their advances for White spurned, Leeds brought in two senior internationals - Germany's Robin Koch, and Spain's Diego Llorente - for a combined fee of over £30m