By Joe Ellis

5th Jan, 2023 | 6:10am

Dan James likely to stay away from Leeds United amid San Francisco 49ers takeover talk

Leeds United are keen to see Dan James remain at Fulham in the summer as they look ahead to a potential takeover, according to Jon Smith.

The super-agent believes that the San Francisco 49ers could complete their majority takeover of the Whites in the summer and Andrea Radrizzani wants a very thin squad as to up the price of the sale.

This would mean selling players that are currently not a key part of the furniture at Elland Road and James, who is on loan with the Cottagers this season, falls into that category.

“Leeds United’s sale to a group of American investors, including some involved with the San Francisco 49ers, is set to go through in the summer, so I expect the Whites to do some outbound summer trading to raise their balance sheet,” Smith said to Caught Offside.

“Dan James, for example, who has moved to Fulham on loan, is one deal that Leeds United are keen to keep going so it looks like he’ll be staying in London. Leeds United want a slimmer squad and a higher balance for when the sale goes through.”

Regret

Sure, James might not be in the immediate plans for Marsch but who knows what could happen between now and the takeover eventually happening?

The way Crysenscio Summerville and Jack Harrison have played at times this season could easily see them both become hot prospects for the summer and all of a sudden, the boss will need the Welsh international at Elland Road.

James also possesses the one thing that very few players do in raw speed that can see him blast past virtually any defender in world football.

It isn’t an attribute that Leeds have seen him utilise enough so far during his career at Thorp Arch and if this turns out to be true, they never will, but it could easily come back to bite them.

They’re lucky this season that he can’t face his parent club but if he does get sold, you can bet your bottom dollar he’ll return to Yorkshire with a point to prove.

In other Leeds United news, Victor Orta could make moves to sign this MLS defender in either the summer or January and it won’t break the bank.