One thing Leeds United needed to do in January was improve the depth of the squad. In the end, not doing so may be considered the main reason they failed to secure promotion to the Premier League.
The player they wanted in January, however, is likely to be on his way to the Premier League. Daniel James has a host of top-flight clubs circling. Swansea City will surely not be able to keep hold of the Welsh international on this occasion.
In January, they fended off Leeds United’s interest. The deal, worth £10 million initially as a £1.5 million loan agreement, had seemed as good as done. James was at Thorp Arch, medical completed, waiting to be unveiled. As reported by The Telegraph, then Swans chairman Huw Jenkins pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute.
But as for any lingering hopes that Leeds could still secure his permanent transfer? They are now surely dead and buried.
Had Leeds won promotion they would still have had a chance. The promise of regular football, at Elland Road, under Marcelo Bielsa is a huge draw. However, without the Premier League, it appears James is now a Leeds pipedream.
Sky Sports reported earlier this week that Manchester United are close to agreeing a £15 million deal for the player. Leeds’ only shot of battling for that deal has just been gunned down by Derby County.