Leeds are reportedly closing in on a deal for Manchester United winger Dan James – and both Darren Bent, and David James, have had their say.
James, 23, is set to join Leeds with transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claiming a deal is done, with everything confirmed and paperwork signed.
Many reports state that Leeds are set to pay Manchester United – our bitter rivals – a huge £25million to get Wales international James.
It finally puts right the failure to sign James back in January 2019, when Swansea stopped answering the phone after he picked the 21 shirt.
James to Leeds: What do namesake James and Bent think?
A surprising move, given Marcelo Bielsa said that Leeds were unlikely to make any more signings. But Bielsa is a long-term admirer of James.
It is also an intriguing move, given Leeds need more of a central player – not another winger. Leeds are spending a big amount, but he might not start.
Jack Harrison is loved by Bielsa and crucial to his system, while Raphinha is probably the first name on the team sheet. Bent eludes to that in his verdict.
“100% a good fee for Man United,” Bent told TalkSPORT (Tuesday, 8:30AM). “Bielsa has wanted him for a while, but he isn’t Harrison or Raphinha.
“So unless they expect Raphinha to leave, I see him going from bench to bench. I can’t see him starting over Harrison or Raphinha.”
Meanwhile, ex-England goalkeeper James thinks it is a brilliant move – one that suits James “perfectly”. He expects Bielsa to get the best out of James.
“A fantastic move,” James told Sky Sports News (Tuesday, 10.10AM). “The way Dan James plays – rapid, attack-minded, he will suit the Leeds style.
“He will fit in perfectly there. With Ronaldo, he is surplus to requirements. He’s only 23; has time on his side – something Bielsa will take advantage of.”