Man United join race for impressive Brighton defender Ben White

Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to sign highly-rated Brighton defender Ben White, the centre-back having impressed since making the step up to the top-flight this season.

The Englishman first emerged on the radar of a number of clubs after a series of excellent displays during Leeds United’s Championship winning campaign last term and made 46 league appearances while on-loan from the Seagulls.

Despite their best efforts, Marcelo Bielsa’s were unable to snap up the impressive defender on a permanent deal, with Brighton boss Graham Potter keen to bring the 23-year-old straight back into the first team at the Amex ahead of the new season.

Since then, White has featured in all 11 of Brighton’s Premier League games this term, lining up alongside Adam Webster and captain Lewis Dunk in a back three, while he’s also shown his ability to seamlessly slot into a midfield role when required.

His calmness on the ball combined with his defensive nous has seemingly caught the attention of a number of interested parties, with MEN reporting that Manchester United are one of the sides eyeing up a potential move in the near future.

The report suggests that United are keen to bolster their defensive ranks after some dreadful displays so far this season, including in their most recent Champions League defeat at the hands of RB Leipzig, a result that ultimately cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Despite having a number of centre-back’s on their books, the club are believed to be in the market for a new defender, even after forking out over £80m for former Leicester City man Harry Maguire last summer.

Although the England international has put in some shaky displays this term, as captain it would appear his role in the side is not up for grabs, with defensive partner Victor Lindelof the more likely casualty should United move for White or the likes of Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

The report also outlines that Brighton boss Potter is keen to hang on to the player for as long as possible – most likely ruling out a January departure – although he is perhaps resigned to seeing the young defender exit the club next summer.

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