Newcastle are interested in Leeds United’s on loan centre-back Ben White, according to the Chronicle, as the club continue to monitor young talent to add to the squad.
The 22-year-old defender is on loan from Premier League side Brighton, and has caught the eye of a number of clubs, such has been the standard of his performances so far this season.
The 5ft 9in youngster has played in every minute of Leeds’ Championship campaign thus far and – impressively for a defender – has only received one yellow card from his 1,620 minutes on the pitch.
His temporary deal with the Yorkshire side is in place for the whole season, and having stepped up from the Brighton Under-23 squad last term, he has made the transition smoothly.
Despite not being that tall for a centre-back, the cultured defender looks like a future international, and if Newcastle could manage to broker a deal for the talented prospect, it would represent a fantastic investment for the club.
The Chronicle adds that Newcastle are not the only Premier League team interested in the player, with Liverpool also mentioned.
Under contract until 2022, White would cost a hefty fee
His Brighton contract does not expire until 2022, which means the Sussex club will be under no pressure to sell White, and if they are considering cashing in on him, he will not come cheap, with him reportedly valued at £20 million.
He is just the latest in a number of young defenders linked to Newcastle recently, from both home and abroad.
Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall has previously been linked with the Magpies, while this week saw reports that Real Valladolid’s 20-year-old centre-back, Mohammed Salisu and Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile, who is only 18, are both on Newcastle’s radar.
Focusing on youth seems to be a priority at St James’ Park currently, and presumably – due to centre-back being the area we need to strengthen least – the club are looking at future prospects, rather than players who will challenge for an immediate first-team place.