Leeds United have received an offer for Daniel James this week…
It’s thought that the Yorkshire giants are looking for a cash deal before Thursday’s 11pm transfer deadline.
How much they would command still very much remains to be seen, though the winger cost the Whites around £30m only last summer.
Offloading a player that seems to start regularly this late in the window could be a recipe for disaster but it’s something that Leeds must do if they are to improve long-term.
James, for a one-time club-record signing, has been nothing short of underwhelming for Leeds.
The 24-year-old, who earns around £50k-per-week at Elland Road, is yet to get off the mark in the opening four games of the 2022/23 campaign and that form has continued on from last term, where he failed to score in his final 14 appearances.
This was during a time that his side were suffering in the absence of injured talisman Patrick Bamford, so manager Jesse Marsch really needed him to step up.
Recently, LeedsLive contributor Conor McGilligan lambasted the Wales international as a “headless chicken” who runs about for 20 minutes a game.
“What is Dan James’ future at Leeds? Is he just going to be a 20-minute player where he comes on and runs around like a headless chicken for 20 minutes?” he said.
“Because will Dan James want that and is that going to be profitable for Leeds? Is it going to be beneficial for Leeds in the system?
“Potentially, yeah. But if we can get money for him, then buy another player in, that’s going to be way more advantageous for Leeds United.”
Indeed, whatever Leeds could garner for James will be beneficial to Marsch and Orta because it would allow them to bolster other positions, like finding a genuine backup to Bamford up top or an alternative at left-back to the also injured Junior Firpo.
As the Whites’ second-highest earner too, it could open up more finance to fund other deals heading into the final few days of the window, so the Yorkshire should take and offer and run with it.