Date: 16th August 2019 at 6:01pm
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Leeds United and Dan James was the story of January, as Marcelo Bielsa longed to sign the Welsh winger in a bid to add pace and potential to his ranks as he searched for the golden ticket to promotion out of the Championship.

Bristol City’s Callum O’Dowda was touted as a potential alternative, while Wolverhampton Wanderers Ivan Cavaleiro’s name also emerged on the Whites’ radar, but it was James and only James that Bielsa wanted.

Negotiations with Swansea City were far from straightforward, though, as Graham Potter wanted to retain the international wide man at the Liberty Stadium, and fought against our advances right up until Deadline Day.

As the winter window crept to a close, there seemed to be a breakthrough as James travelled to Elland Road to carry out his medical, finalise contract negotiations, and wait for the green light from the Swans before putting pen to paper.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, as Swansea pulled the plug at the eleventh hour, noting they were unhappy with the financial structure of the loan-to-buy arrangement, that would have seen United pay an initial £1.5million with a further £7million on hold with the provision of securing promotion.

Just how close James came to becoming a Leeds player, though, was disastrous for all in West Yorkshire, and the player himself, as he was forced to take some time off after the window slammed shut to reset his head.

Now, as part of the ‘Take Us Home’ Amazon Prime Video documentary series, images have shown the youngster, nowadays of Manchester United, at Elland Road, holding last season’s home jersey, with a beaming smile across his face.

Here’s how these Whites supporters reacted to the footage, as the documentary series became public on August 16…

 
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