Danny Mills has urged Leeds United to “move on” after missing out on the landmark signing of rising star Daniel James.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United defender insisted the Whites were “unlucky” not to seal the capture of the winger, 21, after he had undergone a medical on deadline day in January.
But they should not wallow in the frustration of failing to sign James or exact any retribution on Swansea for pulling the plug on the deal at the eleventh hour.
Manchester United announced James as their first summer signing last week after tying up a deal worth £18million including add-ons.
“Leeds were unlucky to miss out,” Mills told Football Insider. “Had they got him, he might have helped them gain promotion. But it didn’t happen, move on.
“That’s the way it goes sometimes. It’s life, it’s football. A week in football is a long time, let alone half a season. In the transfer window 24 hours is a long time.”
James bounced back from the disappointment of failing to get his January loan-to-buy move to Leeds by producing a series of dazzling performances for Swansea in the second half of 2018-19.
This had Premier League clubs beating a path to his door and United could not compete with the money they were offering, or the prestige of top-flight football.
“Leeds should not be angry with Swansea,” Mills added to Football Insider. “Until the deal is done, it’s not done. I’ve been in that situation before when a transfer fell through at the last minute. It happens.”