Leeds United target Daniel James put in a stunning display for Swansea on Tuesday night as the Welsh side beat Stoke 3-1 in the Championship at the Liberty Stadium.

James, 21, scored the Swans’ opener as they went on to win all three points – but Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is surely spitting feathers over not being able to sign the Wales international when he had the chance in the January transfer window.


James has bags of talent and will without doubt become a top Premier League player within the next few years. That is why Leeds tried to sign him in January because Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa could undoubtedly see the potential that the 21-year-old was showing at Swansea. On deadline day, the jet-heeled winger was at Elland Road, ready to sign for the Yorkshire giants, only for the Swans to pull the plug on the deal. Leeds were on the verge of signing some with incredible talent, but were made to wait until the summer to try and sign James again. Manchester City are now reportedly interested in the Wales international, with the Sun claiming that the £7million Leeds target is also wanted by Pep Guardiola. James is unlikely to turn down Man City in order to play for Leeds.


Leeds are going to need to sign one or two new wingers in the summer, especially as Jack Harrison’s loan deal at Elland Road will expire at the end of the season. James will be a natural replacement for Harrison on the left-wing, but the chances of Bielsa being able to lure the attacker to Yorkshire are going to be low now that Man City are reportedly interested in him. James’ performance against Stoke on Tuesday is only going to make the Premier League giants even more keen to sign him, and it’s hard to see how Radrizzani can match the financial might of the Citizens if it comes to a bidding war. Leeds may have to look elsewhere in the summer as the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that they are ready to bid again for the winger in the summer.


Even though James plays for Wales, he was born in Beverley, Yorkshire and he rose through the academy ranks at Hull before joining Swansea in 2014.