'Superb' - Exclusive: Bent reacts as Leeds prep mega-money bid for international forward
Darren Bent insists that Daniel James would be a “superb” signing for Leeds United as they prepare a mega-money late window bid.
The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he does not think the 22-year-old is good enough for Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s men and that a move away would be best for both parties.
Leeds, who saw a deal for the Wales international collapse at the last minute in January 2019, have held talks over a potential loan move but they have been met with strong resistance.
Bent believes that James would be a great addition to the squad at Elland Road but that he would still need to lift his game to break into Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI.
Bent told Football Insider: “Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was good at the start of last season, I thought he started off the season very, very well.
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“I think that was the state of the team at the time because I don’t think Manchester United were playing relatively well at the start of last season when he was doing really well.
“Since then, you look at the way he fits into the United team, I don’t think he’s good enough to be in this Man United team if I’m being honest. I don’t think he’s got the quality now to be in there and when Greenwood’s not starting, you can see the drop off in quality.
“He makes the wrong decisions, he shoots when he should pass, his head’s down a lot of the time, he doesn’t see the pass so for me, for Leeds it would be superb, you know what you’re getting from him, but I think for United maybe they need to move on from him.
“If Leeds can get someone that’s been at United, been there, done that and add to the squad – if they sign him, at the minute I don’t think he gets in front of Helder Costa, I think Helder Costa’s started off the season quite well.
“For me it’s about getting bodies through the door and adding to the squad, that’s very, very good, if there’s a deal there to be done then I’d do it but not for more than £25million.”