Leeds United were linked with January moves for both players.
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.
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.
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