Ben White has joked that he is not worth £15 after a five-year-old Leeds fan touchingly offered all of his pocket money to Brighton to convince them to sell the defender to the Elland Road giants.
Daniel Auton is so desperate to see White sign for Leeds permanently after his excellent loan spell that he sent a handwritten letter to Brighton chief executive Paul Barber with the offer of his hard-earned cash at the weekend.
After gathering together all his savings Daniel wrote his letter, which read: “I am writing this letter to you regarding a player of yours who is currently on loan with us.
“The player in question is my favourite player Ben White.
“If possible can we please, please, please buy Ben at the end of the season?
“I have counted all my pennies in my piggy bank and I have £15.07 if this helps.”
And White, who has played every minute for Leeds this season as they bid to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2003/2004, believes young Daniel was a little generous in his offer.
“I didn’t really expect it to go this big to be fair,” the 22-year-old told Jim White on talkSPORT.
“I think he put a bit too much money in.
“It’s really nice to feel that the fans appreciate the hard work I’ve put in.”
“I got in contact with [Daniel’s] family yesterday, and said once the lockdown is over I’ll pop in and see him.”
White has made 37 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s table-topping side this season and reports have suggested that Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are considering a summer bid for the Seagulls ace.
Unfortunately for the young Whites fan, Brighton chief Barber was forced to reject his £15.07 offer as he rates the English centre-back extremley highly.
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Barber wrote in reply: “It’s very good of you to offer all of your money to help your club and you clearly have a very good eye for exceptional young talent — perhaps scouting players could be your future job!
“We have given your kind offer serious consideration but I know our head coach, Graham Potter, and our technical director, Dan Ashworth, both consider Ben to be a very important part of our future plans so I’m afraid we are unable to sell Ben to Leeds.
“We thank you for taking the time to write to us, Daniel, and we wish you and your family and all at Leeds United all the best for when we can start to play and watch football again.
“We hope you and your family keep safe and well.”
Watch a clip of Ben White on talkSPORT, above…