Sources: Leeds reigniting collapsed pursuit with new £25m bid
Leeds United are reigniting their collapsed pursuit of Daniel James by offering Man United £25million for him, Football Insider has learned.
The two clubs have held talks over a potential loan deal but it was rejected by the 20-times champions.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are planning to try a new angle with an offer to buy James, 22, ahead of Monday night’s deadline.
Leeds’ hopes of luring James a second time have met with strong resistance and the deal appeared dead in the water.
The club are preparing a take-it-or-leave-it bid they hope could be enough to prise away the winger, who has been dead set on not leaving Old Trafford.
His future had appeared to be linked to Man United completing a mega-money Jadon Sancho deal.
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But, irrespective of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side landing Sancho, James could still leave amid rumours the manager does not regular him as a potential regular starter of the future.
Marcelo Bielsa has made it a top priority to sign a top quality wide man in the final days of the window.
But a deal has yet to be finalised and that could mean another James saga.
He came within a whisker of signing for Leeds on transfer deadline day back in January 2019, only for Swansea City to pull the plug on the deal at the last-minute after he had already passed a medical.
James made a strong impression in his debut season at Man United, making 26 league starts among 46 appearances in all competitions.
They yielded four goals and seven assists but he failed to make the matchday squad last weekend against Brighton after being hauled off at half-time in the opening-day defeat to Crystal Palace.