MANCHESTER CITY starlet Taylor Harwood-Bellis has been named as an exciting alternative target for Leeds if they fail to keep Brighton loanee Ben White.
The Championship winners‘ boss Marcelo Bielsa would hope to persuade his friend, Etihad chief Pep Guardiola, to loan him centre-back Harwood-Bellis, 18.
Man City starlet Taylor Harwood-Bellis is rated an alternative if Leeds cannot persuade Brighton to let them retain centre-back Ben White[/caption]
Leeds ideally want to keep loan centre-back Ben White but parent club Brighton have suggested he will be in their plans next season[/caption]
But Leeds are still hungry to buy White, despite Brighton reportedly rejecting a £22million bid for the 22-year-old this weekend.
White’s solidity was pivotal in Leeds returning to the top flight for the first time in 16 years, playing every minute of the league season.
But Brighton manager Graham Potter believes that such form and consistency now make South Coast-born White a potential regular next term for the Seagulls.
And The Athletic suggest England Under-19 ace Harwood-Bellis has emerrged a major back-up option.
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The England Under-19 ace has thrived alongside Spaniard Eric Garcia – wanted by his old club Barcelona – at Etihad youth level.
Having made his full senior debut at Preston in the EFL Cup last September, he came on as a late sub in a 4-1 Champions League qualifying win over Dinamo Zagreb three months later.
And he netted for the first time in a 4-1 FA Cup victory at home to Port Vale in January this year.