Could Leeds turn attention to Callum O'Dowda after play-off failure all but ends Whites' Daniel James hopes?

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (L) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Leeds United were linked with January moves for both players.

Daniel James of Swansea City celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Swansea City and Brentford at the Liberty Stadium on February 17, 2019 in...

Leeds United's failure in the Championship play-offs may also mean defeat in the Whites' pursuit of Daniel James.

James has been linked with a succession of Premier League clubs - notably Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool - since his January move to Leeds collapsed.

That being said, the Whites were rumoured to have a fresh approach planned should they have made it to the top flight themselves.

 

But it is difficult to envisage the Swansea City winger being anywhere other than the EPL next season, which should send Leeds' recruitment team back to the drawing board.

No doubt they have an extensive list of alternatives already, mind, and Callum O'Dowda may be among them.

Leeds were linked with the Bristol City winger at the start of the year [Sky Sports], but appeared to prioritise James' arrival instead.

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (L) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

And with his contract about to enter its final year, and a renewal said to be unlikely [Bristol Post], O'Dowda's employers may be open to a sale - as they were with Bobby Reid, Aden Flint and Joe Bryan in 2017.

Bristol City's asking price - which it was speculated could be as much as £10 million in January [Post] - could yet prove a stumbling block.

But Leeds may have cash to spend if certain key players are sold this summer.

And O'Dowda - who scored or made two more goals (10) than the departing Whites winger, Jack Harrison, in around 800 fewer minutes (2,161) last season - wouldn't be the worst player to spend it on.

2nd December 2018, Ashton Gate, Bristol, England; EFL Championship football, Bristol City versus Millwall; Callum O'Dowda of Bristol City warms up

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