By Noel Whelan

22nd Sep, 2020 | 1:15pm

'Would be a Massive Coup' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to Athletic update on Leeds attacker chase

Noel Whelan is adamant that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa remains interested in a move for Manchester United attacker Dan James. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Whites and Coventry striker claimed “it would be a coup” if the club complete the signing of the 22-year-old this summer.

The Athletic claim that Leeds will revive their interest in James if United decide to make him available.

The Yorkshire club were set to sign the Wales international from Swansea 16 months ago before United swooped in with an 11th hour bid to complete a £15million deal.

A move would likely hinge on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side signing a replacement for the super-quick right-sided attacker before the window shuts on 5 October.

When asked by Football Insider if he welcome the addition of James at Elland Road, Whelan said: “It would be a massive coup.

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“He is not getting regular football at Manchester United. They took a chance signing him after he started his career off fantastically well but when you have Greenwood and Rashford competition is high.

“He is a talented player and one that I am sure Marcelo Bielsa is still interested in him. We were so close to getting him last time. These sort of players will always stay in your mind.

“If he did come to Leeds I am sure he would prove a very good signing and people would not care where he came from! James is a very good young player who could be the difference for us staying up in the league.”

James‘s 47 appearances for United have yielded four goals and seven assists.

He has four years remaining on his contract at Old Trafford having penned a five-year deal upon his arrival in July 2019.

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