Leeds United are reportedly considering a move to sign Dan James from Manchester United this summer after coming within an inch of landing the Welshman’s signature in January 2019 – and Rio Ferdinand’s verdict will excite supporters.
James, 22, joined Manchester United for a fee of £18million (Sun) last summer and while he enjoyed an excellent start to life at Old Trafford, his form curtailed and ended the season well down the pecking order, behind Marcus Rashford and co.
As seen in Amazon Prime’s Take Us Home documentary, James almost joined Leeds in January 2019 and a deal was so close that he had even picked the number 21 shirt. Now, he could finally be signed by the Yorkshire outfit and Victor Orta.
The Sun claim Leeds reckon they can land the former Swansea man for just £12million plus add-ons and Ferdinand was quoted by the MEN in September – applauding James’ work rate and claiming that he has the mentality of the best.
“This boy works his nuts off. He takes responsibility, he wants the ball and when he gets in there, he gives the opposition a problem,” Ferdinand said, as per MEN.
“What I like about him is he wants the ball. If he loses it, he jumps up, dusts himself down and wants it again. That’s the mentality of top players, they don’t shirk responsibility, they welcome it.”
TBR’s view – James would be a top signing, but at what price?
Following Leeds’ first two Premier League matches – a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool and a 4-3 win over Fulham – among the best performers were the wide players. Jack Harrison starred at Liverpool, while Helder Costa scored twice against Fulham.
James is a top signing and with momentum, he showed at the start of last season he can be a proper player. But there are plenty of areas that need fine tuning. If Leeds can get James for the fee they reckon Manchester United will sell him for, then great.
But if Manchester United do not want to suffer a loss on James, then Leeds should look elsewhere.