Liverpool are eyeing a move for Brighton defender Ben White after watching him impress while on loan at Leeds United last season.
White was key to Leeds’ promotion-winning Championship campaign, starting all 46 games as the Whites secured a return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.
He will be part of Brighton’s first-team plans next season – unless Liverpool can come up with an offer good enough to persuade them to part company with the promising center-back.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are on the lookout for a central defender after Dejan Lovren left Anfield to join Zenit St Petersburg and they may have found one in White.
And White could be the perfect signing to provide competition for Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, while also having the potential to be a long-term defensive partner for Virgil van Dijk.
White is on the Reds’ radar after he was scouted extensively by the club during his loan spell at Leeds, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Having impressed at the heart of Leeds’ defence, White has also shown that he is capable of playing at right-back and a defensive midfielder.
And with Liverpool needing cover for the dazzling full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson as well as a new centre-back, White’s versatility on the pitch could be just what they need.
According to stats site Transfermarkt, White is valued at around £5million, but Brighton are likely to demand at least twice of that fee from any club wanting to sign the defender.