The Welsh international’s future has been put into question following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils now said to be willing to loan him out before the window slams shut.
Leeds, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Everton are all said to be interested in a loan or permanent deal for James. The report does not state how much United would want to sell the winger for, or which club is currently winning the race for his signature.
He, of course, came within minutes of officially joining Leeds in January 2019 from Swansea whilst the club were in the Championship. James had pictures taken with the shirt and had agreed to join the club before the Welsh outfit pulled the plug at the last minute.
How have Leeds fans reacted to the news?
A number of Leeds fans took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the update on James from The Sun, with these supporters in favour of a deal to bring him to Elland Road, putting their trust in the manager.
“If it helps us move forward I have no issue with it, we need strengthening IMO, I’d prefer perm players coming in but loan players are better than no players at all #
“Short term – we need a back up winger. Costa has lost form; Poveda is at Blackburn: Summerville is untested in the prem. If James helps solve that problem for 1 season I’d take him.”
“Honestly? Meh. I’d see him as a faster version of Costa. His all-round play doesn’t seem to have progressed since his Championship days. But if Bielsa thinks he’d be useful, I guess he’s earned our trust. Just hope it isn’t a basic loan deal without the option to buy. #“
“An # front four of: Bamford Harrison Dan James Raphina Tempting, isn’t it…..?”
“James would offer something different off the bench and genuine pace.”
“If we don’t go after Dan James who’s a player Bielsa and Leeds have wanted for a long time now – something isn’t ringing true in what they’re saying.”
“Loan to buy and I’d take him at Leeds.”
It is no surprise to see such strong replies from Lilywhites fans given James’ history with the club. This feels like a transfer that has been years in the waiting and it could provide a sense of relief to some, who are still scarred by the events of that January window.
Bielsa’s side now prepare to face Liverpool at Elland Road on the other side of the international break as they attempt to nick three points off the 2019/20 Premier League champions.