Sources: Leeds in hot pursuit of international amid behind-the-scenes talks


Leeds United have maintained a dialogue with Daniel James’ camp as they step up plans to sign the Swansea City attacker this summer, Football Insider understands.

James came close to joining United in January on a loan-to-buy deal worth a total of £10million only for the Welsh club to pull the plug at the eleventh hour after he had undergone a medical and agreed personal terms.

A source close to the player has told Football Insider Leeds are remain in hot pursuit of the 21-year-old and are eager to sign him in the forthcoming window despite the growing competition for his signature.

Behind-the-scenes talks are taking place about how James can develop his career and improve his game under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.

The Championship promotion hopefuls recognise that the Wales international is destined for a Premier League move this summer after stalling on signing a contract extension at Swansea, where his deal runs until the summer of 2020.

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But Leeds are second in the division with seven matches of the campaign remaining and well placed to return to the top flight after 15 years.

The Yorkshire club know their chances of signing James depend on securing promotion.

James has made Premier League clubs sit up and take notice after a series of eyecatching displays in recent months, culminating in his first international goal for Wales against Slovakia 10 days ago.

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