By George Overhill

22nd Aug, 2022 | 5:09pm

Leeds United misfit Dan James wanted by Tottenham in shock £20million deal

Tottenham want to sign Leeds United attacker Dan James in a surprise £20million move before the close of the window, according to Alan Nixon.

The Welsh winger only arrived from Manchester United a year ago, but has struggled to make an impact properly at the club, often being played out of position as a centre-forward to cover for injury.

He featured there again for the excellent 3-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday (21 August) in the absence of Patrick Bamford, but could be off before the deadline.

According to Sun reporter Nixon on Patreon Spurs would prefer a loan-to-buy deal but the Whites are likely to demand the cash up front.

He says: “Spurs want to add extra pace and variety to their forward line and think the Welsh speed machine can provide it.”

Despite the departure of star man Raphinha, James is still behind Jack Harrison for a wide spot, while Luis Sinisterra was signed for big money this summer, and Rodrigo and Brenden Aaronson have starred so far this campaign supporting the attack.

Jump at it

While the continued attempts from the likes of Newcastle to sign Harrison are rightly being batted straight back to where they came from United will likely bite Tottenham’s hand off for this one.

It may not be all the former Swansea man’s fault considering how often he has been forced to fill in out of position, but he hasn’t been value for money after his expensive exit from Old Trafford.

He certainly has speed and tenacity, but his impact on games tends to be too hit and miss, so even at a loss of around £5million this potential deal makes sense.

Since the club is supposed to be bringing in another attacker anyway to cover for the continued injuries at striker he will have even fewer opportunities to feature.

The fact that he continues to be used there even when Joe Gelhardt is fit for the bench is a situation that doesn’t really benefit either player.

It’s certainly a surprise, and at this stage of the window Jesse Marsch might not like to lose a player without a replacement, but there has to be an argument to suggest that the money it would bring in makes it sensible business.

Youngsters like Joffy and Crysencio Summerville are in line for a greater say in the first team, and £20million to then turn more to the likes of them must be considered carefully.

In other Leeds United news, one of the club’s striker targets is sure to be on the move with his manager aware that he can’t do anything about it for the right price.