Leeds United will sign Manchester United winger Daniel James on loan – but only if the Red Devils sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, according to The Sun.
The newspaper’s live transfer blog reported on Monday afternoon that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided that he is willing to let James, 22, leave Old Trafford on a temporary basis if a replacement can be signed.
The Sun adds that Leeds have been in regular contact over the Wales international in this transfer window as Marcelo Bielsa aims to add more strength in depth to his options out wide.
James was nowhere to be seen in Man United’s matchday squad on Saturday as they beat Brighton in the Premier League.
It wouldn’t be a shock if James was left out of the match because he’s been linked with a move to the AMEX before the transfer window closes with The Athletic reporting that Graham Potter, who managed him at Swansea, wants him at Brighton.
Either way, it says a lot that he wasn’t involved on Saturday because it strongly suggests that the £45,000-a-week [Spotrac] ace has been deemed as surplus to requirements by Solskjaer, which backs up The Sun’s claim that the Man United boss is ready to loan the winger out.
James hasn’t exactly lit up Old Trafford since his £15million move there from Swansea last summer but the Wales attacker is still someone who possesses frightening pace, the ability to create chances and has Marcelo Bielsa pushing hard to sign him.
Bielsa doesn’t just sign anyone and James has already come close to joining the Whites already when he had a medical with them last January, only for Swansea to pull the plug on the deal at the eleventh hour.
It would be nice, after all that happened, for James to finally join Leeds.
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