A late attempt has been made by Tottenham to lure Wales winger Daniel James away from Leeds.
As deadline day draws near, clubs are rushing to complete any last-minute transactions to bolster their Premier League rosters as Elland Road’s interest in players intensifies.
Antonio Conte’s desire for James is evident, and the Spurs have made inquiries to determine his availability.
But Leeds are certain that they do not want to sell James after spending £25 million on him from Manchester United.
James is reportedly wanted by Tottenham with an eye toward a £20 million permanent signing next summer, although according to Mirror Sport, Leeds would reject any offer.
James, 24, led Leeds to four goals and four assists in the Premier League last year, and manager Jesse Marsch views him as a crucial part of his future ambitions.
After being deployed as an impromptu forward last season because of Patrick Bamford’s injury issues, Marsch wants to use James in his natural wide position.
James is incredibly quick, and Marsch wants him to dash at defenders to throw them off balance.
After James scored and assisted in a friendly victory against Brisbane Roar last month, Leeds’ manager remarked:
“We were forced to play Dan at striker last year and we know that’s not his best position. He favors playing more to the left.
To enable him to position himself on his right foot and make some closing plays, I’ve been encouraging him to play a little bit more to the right.”
After being forced to sell Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, Leeds do not want to lose any more of their star players in the dying hours of the transfer window.
To limit the disruption to the squad, they were able to be ready for their departures and find replacements.
Luis Sinisterra, a Colombian winger who was acquired from Feyenoord to take Raphinha’s place, scored on his full debut last week against Barnsley.
Leeds have brought in Marc Roca and Tyler Adams to cover the changeover, as Marsch preferred to play with two holding midfielders rather than relying solely on Phillips.
Leeds is not financially obligated to sell James because of the £100 million they made through the sales of Phillips and Raphinha.
They resisted Newcastle’s interest in Jack Harrison as well, and the Magpies never came close to paying what they thought the winger was worth enough to even tempt them into making a deal.
Leeds have spent the entire summer looking for a striker to serve as Patrick Bamford’s backup, and they are still keeping a half-eye out for one.
Before deciding to join AC Milan, they were willing to break their transfer record to sign Bruges’ Charles De Ketelaere, a Belgian international.
Prior to Arnaud Kalimuendo leaving Paris St. Germain to join Rennes, they also expressed interest in him.
Leeds United are having a difficult time finding a new player who meets their criteria for quality, cost, age, and pay while also not impeding the development of Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt.
The fact that Rodrigo has had a strong start to the season and that Bamford’s most recent injury is not catastrophic has helped make Leeds’ quest less urgent.