Leeds latest: Dan James update, Boulaya eyed & more


A series of updates surrounding Premier League outfit Leeds United’s efforts on the transfer front have surfaced online on Sunday.

‘Forever interested’

The first centers on a player long linked with a move to Elland Road.

The individual in question? Dan James.

Manchester United wide-man James is fresh off the back of an altogether hit-and-miss campaign at Old Trafford, which saw the 23-year-old afforded just 11 Premier League starts.

His fine displays for Wales at the European Championships, however, reminded onlookers of James’ undoubted talents, with one such admirer coming in the form of Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds have of course been persistently tipped to swoop for the pacy attacker since Bielsa’s appointment in West Yorkshire, with what appeared an imminent Whites switch back in 2019 having only collapsed at the last minute due to the interference of then-club Swansea City.

Daniel James

SWANSEA, WALES – MAY 01: Daniel James of Swansea City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Derby County at the Liberty Stadium on May 01, 2019 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

If the latest comments on the part of the reliable Phil Hay of The Athletic are anything to go by, though, then it appears that interest in James’ signature remains rife at Elland Road.

Speaking on his personal podcast this week, Hay was drawn on the Manchester United man’s neverending links to Leeds, and went on to explain:

‘That’s a question for Bielsa because Bielsa is forever interested in Dan James.’

‘You’ll probably remember last summer before they did the deal for Raphinha, they were looking into the possibility of taking Dan James on loan from Manchester United.’

‘I don’t think it was ever really an option because it didn’t seem as though Solskjaer wanted him to go but Raphinha was very last-minute’

‘I get the feeling that Bielsa will be consistently interested in Dan James because he was very, very big on him at the time they almost got him from Swansea.’

Metz standout eyed

The 2nd player tipped as a potential reinforcement to Bielsa’s attacking ranks this weekend will no doubt be altogether less well known to the club’s fanbase.

Nevertheless, according to reports stemming from France, the Peacocks have begun to intensify their interest in Farid Boulaya.

According to Mohamed Toubache – another source regarded as in the know when it comes to transfers – the board at Elland Road are readying a swoop for attacker midfielder Boulaya over the weeks ahead.

Leeds are joined in their interest, though, by clubs from both Italy and Spain.

The Algerian international is fresh off the back of a fine season in Ligue 1, which saw him rack up six goals and eight assists in 33 outings with Metz.

Adding further to Leeds’ intrigue, meanwhile, is the fact that, despite his natural position coming behind a centre-forward, Boulaya is also more than capable of lining out on either wing.

Ahead of the expiration of his contract next summer, the 28-year-old is expected to be available for as little as €4.5 million this summer.

St. James’ stay

Last on our list of updates surrounding ongoings in West Yorkshire comes confirmation that one target on the part of Bielsa and co. will not be making the move to the club ahead of next season.

The player in question? Freddie Woodman.

Shot-stopper Woodman is currently owned by Newcastle United, but spent last season making a name for himself in the Championship with Swansea City.

His fine form at the Liberty Stadium, in turn, piqued the interest of a number of rival clubs, not least all of Leeds, on the lookout for a backup to Illan Meslier.

As per a report from Football Insider, however, the Whites have this weekend been forced to call time on their pursuit of the talented shot-stopper.

This comes with Woodman having made clear that he has no intention of playing second fiddle at such a crucial point in his career.


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