By Sam Stone

4th Jan, 2023 | 6:10am

Fulham could cancel Daniel James loan from Leeds United to fund Abdoulaye Doucoure move

Fulham could look to cancel Dan James’ loan from Leeds United in order to fund deals for Everton’s Abdoulaye Doucoure and Arsenal defender Cedric, according to 90min.

The Yorkshire Evening Post print edition (Jan 3, pg. 44) suggested that if James does return to Elland Road, he will likely be loaned back out or sold permanently.

90min have reported (3 January) that Fulham could look to cancel the 25-year-old’s loan in order to launch renewed bids for Doucoure and Cedric after talks over January moves to Craven Cottage stalled. It’s believed Fulham are only willing to pay half of Doucoure’s £100,000-a-week wage, which would make a loan move more likely.

Not working out

Things really aren’t going to plan for James after his move to West London. It was an opportunity for him to get his career back on track, but ultimately, it’s clear he’s not at the level required to be a constant presence in a Premier League side.

If he does return to Elland Road it’s unlikely he will be given a look-in under Jesse Marsch with a move to the Championship potentially in store for the Welsh international. It’s unfortunate for James, but Leeds have to keep striving to improve in each transfer window, and right now they have far better options to call upon.

The window has already started in a positive manner for Leeds with Max Wober completing his move from RB Salzburg. Marsch’s men have been leaky defensively throughout the season and although a left-back is a priority, it’s good to see some added depth in the centre of defence.

Furthermore, with Liam Cooper entering the latter stages of his career, adding the 24-year-old could prove to be smart business from the club.

In other Leeds United news, this star man has been ruled out of the clash v West Ham while another senior ace is still a doubt.