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Leeds Eye Deal for Manchester United Winger Dan James – 90min

September 20, 2020

Daniel James
Dan James was a target for Leeds in 2019 | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Leeds are keeping an eye on Daniel James’ current situation at Manchester United as they ponder a sensational swoop for the player who came close to signing for them in January 2019.

Since joining the Red Devils from Swansea last summer, James’ career in Manchester has been frustrating, with the Welshman now often a peripheral figure despite an initially promising start to his time under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

James’ career almost went in a very different direction, with the winger previously having passed a medical at Leeds where he was even pictured in the shirt ahead of an announcement, before Swansea’s chairman Huw Jenkins cancelled the transfer after a disagreement over the structuring of the deal.

Jonathan Williams, Daniel James
James came agonisingly close to a Leeds move in 2019 | Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Leeds may end up getting their man almost two years later, however, with theDaily Starreporting that Marcelo Bielsa is looking to renew his interest in the wide man.

While the Jadon Sancho transfer saga continues to rumble on at Manchester United and may not be resolved during this window, it is clear that United have a strong interest in signing another wide player, with Ivan Perišić and Bournemouth’s David Brooks also potential candidates for a move to the north of England.

Any such move would undoubtedly see James marginalised to an even greater extent, and Leeds are prepared to take advantage of the Welshman’s uncertain standing in Manchester by taking him on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.

Marcelo Bielsa
Bielsa is said to be an admirer of James | Pool/Getty Images

The Sun have additionally reported that Leeds are prepared to make a starting bid of £12 million to secure the services of the former Swansea man on a permanent deal.

James would be slotting into an already lightning-quick attack featuring the likes of Rodrigo and Helder Costa, and would be a fantastic fit in a side which has already shown their attacking intent in the Premier League by scoring seven goals in their first two league games.