Leeds United retain an interest in Swansea City winger Daniel James after failing to land him in last month’s transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror.
They report that James was not seen as just a short-term option to get them into the Premier League and Marcelo Bielsa is a major admirer of the Welshman, feeling he can get better over time.
And that means they will reportedly continue to track him, buoyed by the fact that Swansea’s negotiating position is weakened by James’ dwindling contract situation.
James apparently wanted the move just as much as Leeds and Bielsa did but if Leeds get promotion to the Premier League, the landscape may change.
Despite Bielsa’s confidence in James and his obvious potential, if Leeds get into the top flight, their financial situation would change and the quality of the players they need would be higher as well.
That means that they could get a higher calibre of player in and while James may end up being a bargain with decent potential, Bielsa could aim higher than the Welshman.
He would arguably need to as well, to give depth and quality to a thin squad that is being boosted by loanees at present – if he manages to seal that long-awaited return to the big-time.