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Exclusive: Dean Windass says loan deal only way Dan James signs for Leeds


Speaking exclusively to This is Futbol, Dean Windass said that a loan deal is the only way Leeds could sign Daniel James.

The flying Welshman came close to joining the Yorkshire giants two-and-a-half years ago, but his move from Swansea fell through at the last minute.

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And with Leeds losing to Derby in the play-off semi-finals that summer, James opted to sign for Leeds’ rivals Manchester United.

James proved a regular during the 2019-2020, contributing 11 goals in 46 appearances, featuring heavily on United’s runs to the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League semi-finals.

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However, the emergence of Mason Greenwood last season saw James slip down the pecking order, whilst the addition of Jadon Sancho isn’t expected to help his case for more regular first-team football – even if he did start against Marcelo Bielsa’s men on Saturday.

According to the Scottish Mail on Sunday (p129: 11/07), as per TBR Football, Leeds are once again keen on signing the out of favour Man United attacker, although The Sun believe that the Red Devils aren’t willing to let the 23-year-old leave.

And Windass told This is Futbol that a temporary deal is the only way he will move to Elland Road:

“That’s the only way he would go, if they did a loan deal. I don’t think that Manchester United would want to lose a young talent like that.”

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