Leeds United are once again turning to Brighton and Hove Albion to add a defender to their ranks, this time targeting 18-year-old Hadyon Roberts.
The main transfer saga that dominated Leeds’ transfer window this summer was their attempts to bring on-loan centre-back Ben White to the club on a permanent basis.
Leeds had three hefty bids knocked back for their promotion-winning centre-back as Graham Potter stood firm on his valuation of White, eager to integrate him into his Seagulls side for the season ahead.
After failing to bring White back to Elland Road, Marcelo Bielsa swiftly turned his attention to Freiburg man Robin Koch and made him the next summer addition for a cool £13million.
Whilst Leeds work hard to strengthen the first team, deals have been constantly done in the background to reinforce the academy as they prepare for the Premier League 2 and a revisit to the AMEX is on the cards for Leeds.
Leeds have made six signings for the under-23s and below this transfer window, adding some real quality to an already talented crop of young players, with Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt hitting the ground running.
The Athletic are now reporting that Leeds are trying to steal England under-18 international Haydon Roberts from the South Coast.
The defender is considered a great prospect at Brighton and thus an opening bid from Leeds has been rejected, while they look to tie him down to a new long-term contract, with his current deal set to expire next summer.
It’s great to see Leeds are so intent on ensuring that the future of the club is in great hands and that there will always be great players breaking through into the first-team.
While Brighton are adamant they don’t want to see Roberts to us, it’s a lot different to have this stance on a youth player over Ben White who was earmarked as a guaranteed starter and ‘£40million player’.
A fresh start and exciting project could sway Roberts into moving up north and joining a stacked under-23s side that are all looking to catch Marcelo Bielsa’s eye this season.
Another England youth international can only mean good things and even though a bid has been turned down, this won’t be the last we hear of Haydon Roberts.