Noel Whelan has claimed there is “no way” Daniel James will sign a new contract with Swansea City amid interest from Leeds United and Premier League big guns.
As revealed by Football Insider yesterday (Sunday), Southampton, Leicester City and Bournemouth have all joined Leeds in the race to prise the Wales winger from the Liberty Stadium this summer.
James agreed a buy-to-loan £10million move to United in January only for Swansea to pull the plug late on deadline day after he had undergone a medical and agreed terms.
Leeds are still keen to sign James in the forthcoming window and, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-striker Whelan does not expect the player to remain at Swansea, where his contract expires in the summer of 2020.
“There is no way he’ll sign a new deal with Swansea,” Whelan said. “The way they behaved was shocking and disgraceful. I felt really sorry for Dan James after what happened, as they cruelly took away the opportunity for him to play at Leeds.
“You can’t blame Swansea for wanting to tie him down, but the kid is heading for Premier League, and the only way he’ll sign a new contract is if it has a low release clause.”
Swansea are 13th in the Championship after being thrashed 4-0 by QPR on Saturday and their hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs are all but over.
They are nine points adrift of sixth-placed Bristol City with five matches remaining and would need to win all of their games to have any chance of securing the final play-off spot.
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