By Craig Scott

28th Aug, 2022 | 9:10am

Tottenham table loan-to-buy offer for Leeds United attacker Daniel James

Tottenham have made a loan-to-buy bid in a late summer effort to sign Daniel James from Leeds United, according to Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

Writing via his Patreon account on Sunday (28 August), Nixon suggested that Leeds want straight-up cash for the 24-year-old Wales international.

It is understood that Spurs have “only” offered a loan with a view to a permanent deal so far with the transfer window closing in just a few days’ time on Thursday (1 September).

Decisions, decisions

Why on earth do Spurs want James?

Since joining Leeds from Manchester United last year in a deal starting at £25million, it’s fair to say that the Welshman has struggled.

Marcelo Bielsa was a long-term admirer of James but it’s been pretty hard to see why the Argentine pushed so hard for the former Swansea attacker.

Last season, he barely used him to his strengths with Jack Harrison and Raphinha holding down the wide roles and James mainly playing through the middle as a striker due to Patrick Bamford’s injury.

And while he started against Brighton on Saturday (28 August), you’d imagine that James will soon lose his spot in the starting line-up to Luis Sinisterra or Bamford once he’s back from his latest injury issue with Brenden Aaronson going onto the right-wing instead.

James struggled to contribute directly to goals and has missed a lot of chances in his time at Leeds.

Tottenham have an abundance of top-class attacking talent so we fail to see how the Welshman would fit in there in Antonio Conte’s squad.

If they offer a straight-up cash deal that sees Leeds recoup what they paid for James then we should take it because there are bound to be players out there who Victor Orta knows that can stand in for the Wales international.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch is ready to pay £25million to seal this major new signing.