Albion are planning to keep Ben White for “a number of years”.

The defender has impressed on loan at Leeds, who would be interested in keeping him for longer.

Albion’s technical director Dan Ashworth was asked about speculation that White could be offered a new deal as his value soars.

While not saying that would not happen, Ashworth confirmed the club were happy with where they currently stand with the player.

White signed a new deal taking him until June, 2022, before heading off to Elland Road last summer.

Ashworth said: “We have been delighted with his progress.

“Leeds have done a brilliant job with him.

“I was speaking with their sporting director and he has done really well.

“Leeds have done great and Ben has played almost every minute of every game other than the first half of a cup game.

“We are delighted. Not surprised because we rate him but we are delighted with how well he has done.

“He is still well contracted with us. He signed a new contract in the summer before he went out so we have still got plenty left on him.

“As soon as he comes back, we will see where we are, we will see where the season resumes, what league we are in, etc, etc.

“But he would certainly be part of plans in either scenario and a young talent we would be looking to keep here for a number of years.”