By Michael Brown

26th Sep, 2020 | 7:09pm

'I Know how much they like him' - Exclusive: Brown reacts as Leeds work on blockbuster deal

Michael Brown insists that Manchester United winger Dan James would be a “good signing” for Leeds United to help bolster their front line. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder believes the 22-year-old would not take much convincing over a move to Elland Road after he saw a previous deal collapse at the last minute in January 2019.

As revealed by Football Insider, James is joined by the likes of Ryan Kent on the Whites’ target list as Marcelo Bielsa looks to add a tricky winger to his squad before October’s transfer deadline.

The Wales international was very nearly a Leeds player back in 2019 and was at the club’s Thorp Arch training ground when a deal with Swansea fell through in the final minutes of deadline day.

Brown insists that James will know how much Leeds would covet his capture this window but admits he is not sure Manchester United would sanction the move.

Brown told Football Insider: “They almost had him, they had the deal done and they really lost that one, Leeds United. 

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“I know how much they like him and Dan James will know how much they like him. It would be a good signing for Leeds United. 

“I’m not sure Manchester United will let that one happen. Costa and Harrison aren’t doing bad so far, you always want to improve in wider areas and attacking areas. Leeds United are just looking to improve all over the pitch.” 

James has played 47 times for Manchester United since his £18million move back in the summer of 2019.

However, he was hooked at half-time on the opening day of the season, left as an unused substitute against Luton Town in the League Cup and was left out of the matchday squad entirely for the win over Brighton.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are ready to launch a last-gasp bid for a Norwich City star.