It appears that Leeds United look set to test Brighton and Hove Albion’s desire to keep hold of Haydon Roberts this summer.
Leeds have already endured one transfer battle with the Seagulls this summer, failing to lure Ben White back to Elland Road.
Now, attention has turned to another young Brighton centre-back in Haydon Roberts.
Whilst Robin Koch has been signed for the first-team and Diego Llorente is set to follow him in, Leeds are on the lookout for more defenders.
It emerged right at the start of the week that Leeds liked the look of Roberts, with Brighton reportedly rejecting the Whites’ first bid.
A report from The Argus is confirming that Leeds have launched a fresh bid to sign the 18-year-old.
It’s claimed that bid in question is worth £800,000.
Roberts has made just two appearances for the Brighton first-team so far. He stepped off the bench in the recent League Cup win over Portsmouth and made his full debut in the same competition last season, scoring in a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa.
Roberts is a talented young football and certainly one for the future.
He’s most comfortable on the left of the central defenders, which is an area we will need long-term cover.
At the moment, Brighton have a healthy amount of senior centre-backs (as we know after they kept White).
So, for Roberts, he might see his first-team prospects more realistic at Elland Road. Bielsa leans heavily on youth players and the last two seasons have shown that.
Ultimately, it’s going to be Brighton’s call. They have proved stubborn once already this summer when it comes to Leeds and transfers, so who is to say they won’t be like that again.