Leeds United came close to signing the Swansea City talent in January.
Leeds United’s hopes of signing the Swansea City winger, Daniel James, appear to be fading by the day.
Reports now claim Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City have joined the list of Premier League clubs circling around the player Leeds came *this* close to signing in January (Wales Online).
Nevertheless, there are plenty of Championship alternatives the Whites could target this summer, in the event that James does head elsewhere.
And here’s three who should be considered by Marcelo Bielsa…
Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday)
Pros: The Wednesday winger has averaged a goal or an assist every 230 minutes in the Championship this season, bettering James by 14. He has also played as a central midfielder and left wing-back for Wednesday, whom he often captained last season.
Cons: He’s five years older than the Swansea player at 26 and is certainly not as quick. He also has an extra year remaining on his contract, which could mean he’s more expensive too.
Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest)
Pros: The Forest winger boasts an even better frequency of goals and assists than Reach in 2018/19 – one every 159 league minutes. He is arguably more like-for-like than the Sheffield Wednesday player.
Cons: Again, he’s 26, and recently signed a contract until 2023 at Forest.
Jarrod Bowen (Hull City)
Pros: The Hull winger has made a direct goal contribution every 136 minutes in the Championship this season – more often than any one of the above. He’s still only 22 – less than a year older than James – and like the Welshman, is due to enter the final year of his contract this summer.
Cons: He’s not short of Premier League interest himself, according to the papers.
Honourable mentions: Preston’s Callum Robinson; Brentford’s Said Benrahma and his teammate, Ollie Watkins (if Leeds fans are willing to put aside past differences).
Who should Leeds target if they can’t get James?