Leeds United adopt hardline stance on Tottenham attempts to buy Dan James
Leeds United will reject any Tottenham attempts to sign Dan James before the transfer window closes, according to David Maddock in The Mirror.
The Welsh winger has emerged as a surprise late target for Antonio Conte, with Alan Nixon reporting on Sunday (28 August) that the north London side have already made a loan-to-buy offer for him
Nixon had previously reported on Patreon (22 August) that Spurs could pay as much as £20million to sign the former Manchester United player permanently, but it appears the Whites are not interested.
Maddock wrote in The Mirror on Monday: “Having lost Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, Leeds are adamant they do not want to lose any more senior players and have rebuffed Newcastle’s offers for Jack Harrison and will reject any approaches from Tottenham for Dan James.”
Although signed as a winger this time last year in a big-money deal he is featured as much as a makeshift striker in his time at Elland Road due to extensive injuries at the position.
Although his speed and his energy make him a nuisance for any opponent it is still surprising that Conte is after James after a mixed first season with the Whites.
The Italian’s history of turning anyone he can into a wing-back might explain things, but if the former Chelsea manager is willing to spend a decent amount of money on him it is perhaps equally surprising if Leeds aren’t ready to take it.
A loan deal with only an option rather than an obligation to buy only really works in Spurs’ favour and Jesse Marsch clearly values him as an option.
It’s probably not James’ fault that both Marcelo Bielsa and Marsch have so often put him up front even when Joe Gelhardt has been available, but his effectiveness there isn’t great.
The Argentine former manager wanted James a year ago especially after missing out on him at the last when he left Swansea, but for all his endeavour Leeds could probably use cash more.
Whether they could convince Tottenham into making a permanent offer appears to be a moot point though if they are going to block all advances, and the fact that the close of the transfer window is only days away is surely the primary reason.
In other Leeds United news, the club can sign an attacking target now that his €18million replacement has been agreed.