Leeds United’s January transfer window chase of Swansea City youngster Daniel James has been a well-trodden story over the last month.
With the 21-year-old midfielder with us on deadline day, having undertaken his medical and other things like that, for whatever reason (and there are plenty of claims and speculation) the deal ultimately didn’t go through.
We continue to have an interest in the lad for the summer though and he’s reacted well to his own disappointment since returning to them.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has added further fuel to the fire in their latest Inside Elland Road podcast, citing a conversation he’s had with James’ agent and he’s been left with the impression that it would be a ‘surprise’ if James did actually now put pen to paper on the new deal that’s been offered to him.
“Angus Kinnear said they are taking a key interest in him still. He is discussing a new contract with Swansea but there doesn’t seem to be much progress in that. And, after a conversation I had with his agent, I’d be a bit surprised if it happened.”
Throughout, James has handled himself well here and that can only increase his stock really and a new deal with a potential guaranteed buy out release clause to take care of his own future, may well depend on how he feels about his current club. Ensure they receive something for giving him a platform but remove the ability of ‘some’ at the club to play with his future like that again and leave him in the lurch for a second time.