Daniel James has been linked with Leeds United for most of this season after his failed move to Elland Road in January, but now some Premier League clubs could snatch him from their grasp. Now more than ever, they need promotion to make sure they get their man.
Football Insider understand Southampton, Leicester City and Bournemouth are all preparing to fight for the Swansea midfielder in summer now he’s one of the hottest talents outside the Premier League.
Certainly, that’s some stiff competition for Leeds to hold off.
The 21-year-old was minutes away from signing for the Whites in January, but Swansea pulled the plug at the last minute. That could be as close to their man as Leeds (who are said to have held the door open over another potential move for the Wales international) get unless they win that battle for second spot and finally return to the Premier League.
The winger has played 28 times for the Swans this season, scoring four and assisting seven in what’s been a real hit-and-miss season for the club. He’s already made his senior international debut for Wales, and he’ll be looking to sign for a club in the top division who’ll give him game time.
A hugely exciting prospect, he’d be a coup for the Whites. Marcelo Bielsa is very clearly keen on the jet-heeled attacker and watching him develop elsewhere would be an absolute nightmare. Imagine that pace delighting the Elland Road faithful. Imagine that sell-on value.
He’d be part of an exciting, attacking side at Leeds, and that puts them in a more favourable position than their rivals. The project is exciting, but James won’t want to wait too long to play his first minutes in the Premier League. They need promotion for James to see that project developing as quickly as he is.
He’s the perfect age for Bielsa to mould him to his system for the long-term, and those are the types of players he’ll need if Leeds are to stay in the top division when they are finally promoted. Everything hangs on that promotion, and the club know it.
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