Leeds United are closing in on a deal to sign Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to boost their promotion bid this month, but Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay has suggested he won’t be the only new player arriving at Elland Road this month.
Following weeks of speculation linking Leeds with a move for Newcastle United’s Karl Darlow, it seems that a completely different talent altogether is on his way to the Championship league leaders.
With a rich history in La Liga, where Casilla has played for both Real Madrid and Espanyol, the supporters have plenty of reason to believe they are set to welcome a game-changing talent to the club.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s form has been questionable at times and the need for a stopper to challenge him for the number one shirt has been evident since Jamal Blackman returned to Chelsea, and it appears that notable void will be filled in a matter of days.
But Leeds are crying out for further reinforcements throughout the squad, particularly in midfield after losing both Samu Saiz and Lewis Baker this month. With that said, it is no surprise that the club’s hierarchy are reportedly interested in signing Swansea City prodigy and versatile winger Daniel James, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Previous reports have claimed Leeds would be willing to pay £20 million to secure his signature, but Phil Hay has stepped in to clarify the finer details of Leeds’ interest on Twitter.
long and short is that Bielsa likes what he sees of him. Rates his talent and thinks he'll fit in immediately.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 15, 2019
Not only does James have the green light from Bielsa, Hay has revealed that he should also be available for a fee in the region of £3-5 million – which is clearly much more realistic than the £20 million fee quoted in previous reports – but any potential deal will take a back seat until the Casilla deal has been concluded.
Despite James’ lack of experience at this level, there is reason to suggest that Leeds would be wise to secure his signature if he is indeed available for a fee in the region of £3-5 million.
The 21-year-old made the step up into Swansea’s first-team this season under Graham Potter, and he has already managed to score one goal and provide four assists from 12 Championship starts.
That record is far from ground breaking but it must be considered that he made his debut at this level at the beginning of the season and, under a manager of Bielsa’s expertise, he is bound to improve at an exponential rate following a potential move to Leeds.
Whether Andrea Radrizzani will have funds remaining to sanction a deal following Casilla’s arrival remains to be seen, but Hay’s revelation suggests Leeds are showing serious interest in adding to their ranks this month.
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