Leeds United rebuffed in advances for Liverpool and Manchester United target Ben White

LEEDS UNITED have seen two big-money bids for Ben White rejected by Brighton including an improved offer of £22m, according to reports.

Leeds United had two bids rejected for Ben White (Picture: Dave Howarth/PA Wire)

Newly-promoted Leeds were unsuccessful with an initial £18.5m bid for their former Brighton loanee defender with an improved £22m bid also rejected, per Sky Sports.

During a highly impressive season-long loan spell, White played every single minute of United’s 46 league games during the 2019-20 Championship campaign as Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites romped to promotion and finished ten points clear of second-placed West Brom, sealing promotion back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

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But White’s performances have put him on the radar of a host of Premier League big guns with champions Liverpool among those closely monitoring the 22-year-old centre-back’s progress.

Leeds' Ben White hammers the ball into the net to put Leeds into the lead in their final game of a title-winning season. (Picture: Tony Johnson)

Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also among the clubs tracking White’s progress and reports have suggested that Chelsea have now identified the centre-back as a possible option to help improve their defence.

White’s contract at Brighton runs until June 2022 with the defender having signed a one-year extension to his deal last summer before heading to Leeds for his season-long loan spell.

White has since rejected two new contract offers, according to Sky.