Phil Hay has been told that Leeds United expect Daniel James to stay put at Elland Road this summer despite speculation linking him with Tottenham and Everton.
Fabrizio Romano reported on Monday (29 August) that Everton have asked about signing James, 26, while Sun journalist Alan Nixon claimed via his Patreon account on Sunday (28 August) that Tottenham have made an unsuccessful loan-to-buy bid for the Wales international.
However, The Athletic journalist Hay expects James to stay in West Yorkshire and adds that no work is being done on signing a replacement forward or another forward at all.
“Transfer wise it’s extremely quiet and as it stands, all signs are pointing to the deadline passing without any more significant ins or outs,” said Hay on The Athletic website on Tuesday (30 August).
“You’ll have seen the links between Tottenham and James but sources at Leeds expect him to stay. There’s also been no progress in terms of bringing in another forward.”
James isn’t the most popular of players at Leeds.
While it wasn’t his fault that he didn’t sign for us in the Championship when Marcelo Bielsa was in charge, it didn’t take him long to fancy a move to Manchester United instead.
In Manchester, he flopped.
And in one year at Leeds, he’s struggled to win over a fanbase who really thought Bielsa was getting them a top-class player when he joined from Man United.
James was played up front a lot last season and that wasn’t his fault – he doesn’t claim to be a striker.
That may have caused him to suffer a slow start to life in West Yorkshire but he’s a professional and should have really been a lot better than he was last term.
In the opening games of this season, he hasn’t been bad but he’s easily been the weakest of the attackers who are starting most of Jesse Marsch’s games.
If Leeds sell him between now and the 11pm deadline on Thursday (1 September) then he will only be missed if a good replacement isn’t brought in.
It’s too much work to do though and that’s why we don’t see something happening.
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