Transfer Focus: Dan James update shows massive ambition from Leeds United

Swansea’s Daniel James has been a target for Leeds United for months now, and they may finally bag their man if they are promoted through the playoffs.

The Whites had a deal in place to sign the winger in January, but that fell through at the last minute. His excellent form in the new year has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United, but the Yorkshire club aren’t out of the running yet.

What’s the story?

Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta has reportedly been in direct contact with the youngster in recent weeks imploring him to wait until the Whites’ fate is sealed before he chooses where he wants to play next season.

Orta and James will have of course met when the transfer was all but done in January, and his previous relationship with the club may sway him towards coming to Elland Road this summer.

The Whites will likely have to pay treble what they were quoted back in January, but the 21-year-old could prove to be worth it.

Shows ambition

This conversation between Orta and James shows that Leeds aren’t scared of getting stuck in after their return to the top flight.

If their first signing this summer is a player who was targeted by Man United then that shows a tremendous amount of ambition, and that may work in the Yorkshire club’s favour when attempting to broker any future deals.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side may come and shake things up in the Premier League by immediately trying to rub shoulders with some of the world’s biggest teams.

It has been less than 20 years since Leeds were top four contenders in the top flight, and if they are to conduct business like this by signing top club’s targets then it may not be long until they return to the pinnacle of English football.