As we reported yesterday, Leeds are in hot pursuit of Swansea winger Daniel James. The story took another twist this morning as it emerged that Leeds were not going to secure him on a permanent basis this window but it would instead be a loan deal with a permanent transfer conditional on promotion this season.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Swansea want to keep him but feel they can’t now James has told them he wants to leave. If Leeds miss out on promotion, Swansea would take him back after his loan and try getting him to sign a new contract – but that look unlikely.</p>&mdash; Dafydd Pritchard (@DafPritchard) <a href=””>January 31, 2019</a></blockquote>
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In summary this is what we can infer:

  • Daniel James, is and has been for sometime interested in a move to Leeds.
  • Leeds are willing to put in a large amount of money (should it be made a permanent, it will be their highest transfer fee paid since Robbie Keane). As we know Leeds aren’t the richest of clubs in terms of cash to spend on players, this sort of investment shows the recruitment team value him highly.
  • With James initially arriving on loan, there is no guarantee  he will be at Leeds next season should promotion not happen. Swansea are hopeful the player would instead opt to stay at Swansea.
  • Though in pure football’ing terms, it’s very hard to see how James would return to Swansea, given their current fire-sale and having already asked to leave once.
  • Daniel James has just 12 months left on his contract at Swansea, if they do not sell him to Leeds in Summer under the agreed terms and he remains unhappy then we would expect any transfer fee Swansea could garner here to drop substantially.
  • This deal is almost certain to go through before the deadline.



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