“The noises they’ve made” – Phil Hay provides update on Leeds turning loan into permanent deal

Leeds United are edging ever closer to the Premier League, but it also means that time is soon coming to an end for one player at Elland Road – if Phil Hay’s latest update is to be believed.

What’s he said?

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in a rich vein of form at the minute, winning each of their last five matches, which has seen them regain control of the top spot in the Championship.

During that run, they have managed to shut the opposition out in every outing, meaning they haven’t conceded in five even with the goalkeeper change and Ben White coming into midfield in the absence of Kalvin Phillips.

The Brighton loan star is clearly having a huge impact on the squad, but Hay’s response in a recent Q&A only spells trouble for Leeds this summer.

He said:

Phil Hay on Ben White future Leeds - "The noises they've made" - Phil Hay provides update on Leeds turning loan into permanent deal

Increasingly unlikely

The ever-reliable Leeds correspondent suggested that the Seagulls are likely to keep hold of the 22-year-old, and ultimately, the west Yorkshire side are powerless in their pursuit of trying to keep him.

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He also reveals that other clubs are interested in him, so if he does enter the transfer market, Bielsa and Victor Orta will probably have to compete with some of the other heavyweights in the top-flight – even more so if Brighton and Leeds swap positions come May.

White has played in 40 matches this season for the Whites, helping them to a clean sheet in 18 of those games, per Transfermarkt.

Clearly, this will be a devastating blow irrespective of the division they are competing in, especially as there are lingering doubts over the fitness of Liam Cooper and the fact that there have been no talks with Gaetano Berardi over a new deal yet.

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It could leave Bielsa with one huge problem, but it’s on them for not following suit with similar deals like they have done with Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and Jean-Kevin Augustin.

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