There’s set to be another failed Leeds United transfer pursuit, with Haydon Roberts not for sale according to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Leeds remain on the lookout for defensive reinforcements, despite signing Robin Koch earlier in the summer.
Ben White was their first choice and Leeds missed out on him after three failed bids.
Now, it’s emerged another Brighton centre-back is on their radar.
It broke in The Athletic this morning that Roberts had been catching the eye of Leeds. A bid had been received and rejected by the Seagulls.
Further developments have now emerged, with The Argus reporting that Brighton have no desire to offload the young centre-back.
The 18-year-old is training with the Brighton first-team and will play in the League Cup for Graham Potter this week, but he’s yet to make his league debut.
White is currently featuring in a three-man defence for the Seagulls, alongside Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster in the Premier League.
Dan Burn and Joel Veltman are providing cover, with Roberts down the pecking order given his age.
Brighton appear like they will do anything to prevent a player joining Leeds United this summer.
In many ways, you could understand White. He’s a first-team player and is already showing why he’s destined for the top in Brighton’s opening two games.
Roberts is different in that he’s still very young and not a first-team option. If decent money goes down from Leeds, surely it would be considered?
Ultimately, that’s Brighton’s choice and they work with Roberts day in, day out. They see his talent and clearly don’t want to lose him.
From a Leeds perspective, maybe it’s time to pump some time and belief into our current youngsters.
Koch, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk cover the first-team, but there’s Oliver Casey and Charlie Cresswell waiting in the wings.
The latter is highly thought of at Elland Road, so let’s hope he proves to be just as promising as White and Roberts.