The Verdict: Are Man United right to pursue Swansea’s Dan James?

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According to Sky Sports, Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal with Swansea for the services of Dan James, in a transfer worth £15m.

The 21-year-old has caught the eye in what has been his first full season in the Swans’ first-team, after spending last term in the youth ranks whilst making sporadic cup appearances for the senior side.

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James scored on his debut for Wales earlier this year under former United legend Ryan Giggs’ tutelage, and came close to moving to Leeds in January until Swansea pulled the plug on the deal – he has hit five goals and recorded 10 assists in the current campaign.

It is rare for the Red Devils to dip into the Championship for a signing, so are United making the right move in pursuing James? Football FanCast’s writers have their say…

Matt Dawson

“Dan James is a fantastic talent but if he’s the sort of player Manchester United are targeting then questions need to be asked. At £15m it wouldn’t represent too big of a gamble, and it could see a major shift in transfer policy but United have ambitions of winning the league and achieving big things in Europe. Signing James would not help them do that whatsoever. When they signed another promising Championship winger in Wilfried Zaha a while back it didn’t go well. As a result, the club need to learn from previous failings.”

Harry Sherlock

“James is a smart signing for United. They have a ridiculous transfer budget and can afford a £15m wonderkid, and that’s what he is. He ripped Manchester City to shreds in the FA Cup and is perhaps the best player in the Championship. One feels, however, that Swansea should be asking for a little bit more if there is such genuine interest from United. Ed Woodward, after all, is not the shrewdest negotiator – adding another £10m to the price tag is unlikely to see him bat an eyelid.”

James Beavis

“Ed Woodward will win back the faith of United fans if he gets this deal done. This is the fresh transfer strategy the club has needed for years – signing a talented youngster with huge potential who is ready to make a splash in the Premier League. He won’t cost the earth and will be on modest wages – yes, I’m looking at you Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez. James is a left winger, Welsh, lightning-quick, can finish and has plenty of assists to his name. Say it quietly, but the comparisons to Ryan Giggs are there for all to see. Martial and Sanchez beware, United are ready to change things for the better.”