Revealed: Tottenham in last-ditch transfer hijack
By Wayne Veysey
Tottenham have failed in a last-ditch attempt to persuade Daniel James to sign for them instead of Manchester United, Football Insider can reveal.
The Londoners tried to persuade the in-demand Wales international, 21, to join them instead of United after it emerged in the middle of last month that he was headed to Old Trafford.
A source with knowledge of James’ situation has told Football Insider that Spurs have been in touch in recent times to ambush the deal put in place by their top-four rivals in the aftermath of the domestic season.
But the rising star had his heart set on a move to United and was given dispensation to leave Wales’ training camp in Chester to undergo a medical at the club’s Carrington training headquarters earlier today.
Swansea City have accepted an initial £15million bid from Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that will rise to a potential £18million depending on performance-related add-ons.
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United are targeting young, talented players with the potential for improvement this summer after having their fingers burned by expensive flop signings such as the calamitous Alexis Sanchez deal.
It is a similar policy to that which Tottenham will follow this summer, although their transfer policy is set to be shaped by the Christian Eriksen situation after he dropped the bombshell yesterday that he is planning to quit.