Leeds United have been linked to forgotten Manchester United winger Daniel James as the January transfer window approaches. The Wales international has made just three Premier League appearances this season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opts for the likes of Mason Greenwood instead.
Despite his current £80,000 per week contract at Old Trafford running until 2024, it’s likely that James will start to be considering his future and whether it lies away from Manchester. Carlton Palmer certainly believes so – he spoke with Football FanCast’s Tom Ward about the idea of him joining a side like Leeds.
“I’d go for James, I think he fits into the style and the model that Leeds have,” the pundit said. “I think he’d be a good fit and he needs to play football.”
A player of James’ age and calibre certainly shouldn’t be reduced to life on the bench. He would benefit massively from joining the newly-promoted Whites and the club would equally revel in signing him.
As it stands, Jack Harrison is Marcelo Bielsa’s only recognised senior left-winger and he is due to return to Manchester City following the end of his loan spell next summer. Losing the 24-year-old will put Leeds in a difficult position and will mean that the Argentinian boss will struggle to operate his usual 4-1-4-1 staple lineup.
With James struggling for minutes at Man United, it could be easier than expected to prise him away from Solskjaer. The Welshman is currently valued at £14million, which isn’t an amount that would break the bank if Andrea Radrizzani was to pursue a move.
Palmer believes that the transaction would be a win-win for both parties, with the United boss apparently still figuring out his best system and lineup.