Former Leeds United midfielder Michael Brown has told the club to consider making a loan move for Manchester United’s Daniel James rather than trying to sign the winger on a permanent deal.
The summer transfer window is rapidly coming to an end but Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is continuing to be linked with some potential arrivals.
Since arriving at Old Trafford in summer 2019, the Welsh winger has somewhat struggled to find consistent form, scoring just four times in 48 games despite impressing during the earlier part of his Red Devils spell.
Linked once again with a move to Elland Road, James has now found himself subject to some quotes from former Leeds midfielder Brown, who urged the Premier League side to make a different type of transfer move for the 22-year-old.
“We know that they like him because the deal was done before he moved to Manchester United and it got pulled at the last second, ” he told Football Insider.
“He knows that and that will play on his mind that he knows he’s liked and he knows the club wanted him.
“On this occasion, you could possibly say a loan deal would work well.”
Aside from the interest shown in James by Leeds, various other transfer reports have emerged, with Leicester City’s Demarai Gray also reportedly on Bielsa’s radar. The 24-year-old is currently valued at £13m by Transfermarkt and is entering the final year of his contract with the Foxes.
The winger has made 168 first team appearances for the 2016 Premier League winners, netting 13 goals and providing 17 assists in the process (as per Transfermarkt).
Leeds are seemingly still desperate to sign James but it seems like a deal will be hard to execute between now and tomorrow night’s transfer deadline.
The Welshman is struggling to find form for Manchester United and, while perhaps he may benefit from a change of scenery, there is no guarantee that he would thrive at Elland Road. In that case, a permanent move may indeed be a risky one.
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