By Daniel Feliciano

25th Jan, 2023 | 11:40am

Daniel James could return to Leeds United after Fulham agree loan deal for Arsenal defender Cedric

Daniel James could be set for a shock return to Leeds this month after Fulham agreed a loan deal with Arsenal for defender Cedric, according to Ryan Taylor.

The Wales international joined Fulham on a season-long loan deal in the summer but has struggled to feature regularly for Marco Silva’s high-flyers.

He was one of two domestic loans including Shane Duffy from Brighton, and now Fulham will have to either terminate one of those loans or sign one of the players permanently in order to sign Cedric on loan according to The Express journalist.

“Fulham have currently filled Premier League loan quota & therefore can only complete Cédric Soares loan deal if they send Shane Duffy or Dan James back to Brighton or Leeds, respectively,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account (25 January).

“Appears one is imminent. Alternative solution would be to sign one permanently.”

Oh dear

This would be a major shock if James suddenly ended up back at Elland Road, considering Leeds clearly don’t figure him into their plans anymore.

He was allowed to leave in the summer after the arrivals of Willy Gnonto and Brenden Aaronson, which added to the attacking options of Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo, Crysencio Summerville, Jack Harrison and Luis Sinisterra.

But he has really struggled at Fulham and that would make them turning his transfer permanent even more shocking than them terminating the deal.

If he came back to Leeds he wouldn’t be able to be loaned elsewhere having already played for the Whites this season, and that would mean that he would just be sat in the stands for the next six months while we pay his wages.

That’s a disaster waiting to happen, so it will be very interesting to see how this one goes in the coming days.

In other Leeds news, Juventus have set their price tag for Weston McKennie after talks were opened for a transfer.