Spurs reportedly ready to rival clubs for defensive stalwart Ben White's signature
LEEDS, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Leeds United's Ben White in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Luton Town at Elland Road on June 30, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Brighton and Hove Albion central defender Ben White may just be the most in-demand English player right now - with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea all joining Leeds United in the race for his signature.

And despite the 22-year-old not actually kicking a ball for his parent club yet in a league fixture, reports have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur, along with Manchester City and Leicester have also expressed an interest.

The Seagulls value the former Leeds loanee at around £40-50 million, and so far the Yorkshire club have failed to get near that mark with their initial bids.

With Spurs losing Jan Vertonghen on a free transfer, and young centre-backs Cameron Carter-Vickers and Juan Foyth also looking likely to leave the club, the North London side may just look to White as a potential successor to their former Belgian superstar defender.

Tools for success

White, who averaged an impressive 7.11 rating across the season (stat courtesy of whoscored.com) on paper is the perfect successor to Jan Vertonghen, and an ideal partner for breakthrough star Japhet Tanganga, should the starlet retain his place in the first team next season.

The 22-year-old is very strong on the ball, and confident enough to carry it into the opposition's half - something that former central defenders Ledley King, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen often did so well during their times at the club.

Furthermore, Newport County manager described White as a tough tackler whilst the 6'1" defender was on loan there, which is a quality that suits a potential partnership with Tanganga perfectly.

Tanganga is a very quick and strong defender, which combined with his positional awareness and ability to recover too makes him the perfect covering centre-back for when White is on a marauding run or diving into challenges.

Equally, Tanganga is very able to skip past a challenge or two and carry the ball into the opposition's half, but White's concentration and nurtured defensive skill set, including his ability to intercept passes and tackle, makes him also a capable covering defensive partner.

Furthermore, it's been a while since there was an English centre-half partnership at Spurs, with Michael Dawson and Ledley King being the last main English duo to lead the backline together regularly.

With the clubs' philosophy to sign young English players too with a view to helping them break into the national team, White would again be a fantastic signing which keeps in line with the club's culture and ambitions.

How likely is a transfer? 

The valuation of £40-50 million from Brighton is a large one, particularly for a defender who has never played a minute of top-flight football.

With Lewis Dunk being linked with Chelsea, Brighton are also in a position where they aren't just interested in keeping White because he is their prized possession, but because they may need him anyway should their captain depart.

Leeds are currently odds-on favourites to sign their former loanee on a permanent deal, but Tottenham aren't completely out of the running, with odds of 18/1 (courtesy of SkyBet).

In addition, there is the question of whether or not Spurs have the funds to pull off a transfer - but it is well-known now that Head Coach Jose Mourinho is desperate to shift on the deadwood at the club to raise funds in order to add depth to his squad.

Cheaper alternatives to Dunk could be the often linked option in Kim Min-jae of Beijing Guoan, Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry and Freiburg's Robin Koch

Whether Spurs register a heavy interest anymore than they have or at all is yet to be seen, but what is clear is that the North London club's transfer activity is not yet done - and the additions may continue to arrive.

Spurs have already signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton for effectively £3 million (as Kyle Walker-Peters moved the other way for £12 million) and Joe Hart on a free transfer.