Report: Leeds set to make £2.5m bid for Swansea's Daniel James

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa  during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Daniel James has shone in the Championship with Swansea City and Marcelo Bielsa reportedly wants to bring him to Leeds United.

Daniel James of Swansea City celebrates after scoring his sides eigth goal during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Notts County at the Liberty Stadium on...

Leeds United are set to launch an opening bid for Swansea City winger Daniel James this week, according to TEAMtalk, but it is likely to fall well short of the Welsh side’s £5 million asking price.

It is understood that Marcelo Bielsa wants to add another attacker to his promotion-chasing squad before the transfer window shuts next week, with Leeds having been left short by the sudden exit of Spanish schemer Samu Saiz, who returned to Madrid with Getafe.

 

Welsh international James has emerged as their top target after a fine breakthrough season under Graham Potter at Swansea.

And TEAMtalk claim Leeds will make an offer of £2.5 million before the end of the week, although Swansea are more than likely to turn it down and ask the Championship table-toppers to double their bid.

Daniel James of Swansea City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Sheffield United at the Liberty Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Swansea, Wales.

The fleet-footed 21-year-old, who has a single cap for the Welsh national team, has provided four assists this season for Swansea, shining alongside fellow academy graduates Conner Roberts, Oli McBurnie and Joe Rodon.

The Mirror reported that Leeds are prepared to walk away from their pursuit of James if they cannot meet Swansea’s asking price, with the West Yorkshire powerhouses operating on a limited budget.

Daniel James of Swansea City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Sheffield United at the Liberty Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Swansea, Wales.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch