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Leeds United interested in Daniel James

Leeds United are interested in bringing Daniel James to the club on loan in January, according to The Telegraph.

Marcelo Bielsa has been a fan of the Welsh winger for some time, with the player’s move to the Whites famously falling through back in January 2019. James was pictured a Leeds shirt outside Elland Road on deadline day, before Swansea failed to complete the paperwork before 11:00pm.

The 23-year-old has since joined Manchester United and is now into his second season with the club. After a bright start though, his attacking productivity has gradually diminished. James is now operating as a back-up squad player, failing to get on the pitch in the Red Devils’ last six Premier League fixtures.

A loan move in January would make sense, with the forward needing game-time to captivate his confidence, and more importantly, to simply get back on track in terms of development as a footballer. The above report claims that Leeds could make another attempt in bringing the player to the club, but any potential deal rests on Amad Diallo.

United have agreed a deal for the latter with Atalanta, but the winger is not set to arrive until January 1, pending a work permit. The 18-year-old has featured just twice this season for the Italians, with one of these appearances coming in the Champions League. A tricky and exciting winger, but still a very raw talent, the club have been pragmatic with their management of the teenager.

Should his expected arrival in Manchester be completed next month, Diallo will be looking to break into United’s first-team picture. An opening could well create itself, should James depart.

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